Time to Declutter: You Can Trade Your Old Clothes for Discounts at H&M

They accept garments from any brand and in any condition.

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(SPOT.ph) It’s (unfortunately) not uncommon for people to buy (and hoard) clothes excessively. The fashion industry, by design, encourages shoppers to stock up on new pieces every few months, many of which aren’t built to last whether because of fleeting trends or flimsy materials.  We also live in an era that values the visual—one where every OOTD can be documented, every new style discovered in an instant, and outfit repetition feels like a sin. All that in mind, you probably have a ton of clothes in your wardrobe you don't actually use—and yet you still feel like you never have anything to wear. "I'll wear that when I achieve my dream body," or "I can't get rid of that; I might still be able to use it," you tell yourself, knowing deep down you'll likely end up tossing it down the line.

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ICYDK, the fashion industry is one of the biggest generators of waste in the world, so while we understand that it feels good to constantly stock up on new pieces, it's also worth acknowledging that it may not be a bad idea to reconsider the way you buy and dispose of clothing. We have handy guides to help you pick out better, longer-lasting clothes and make your purchasing habits more intentional, in case you need them. Donation and secondhand selling are options, too, but here’s another: Fashion house H&M is bringing back its Garment Collecting program where you bring unwanted clothes or textiles to any of their stores in exchange for discounts.

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How to Trade Your Old Clothes in Exchange for Discount Vouchers at H&M PH

All you have to do is bring a bag of old clothes or fabrics to the cashier of any H&M store and in return, you’ll get a discount voucher for 15% off your next purchase. The brand will accept garments from any brand and in any condition. Depending on their state, these clothes will either be sold secondhand, reused and turned into other products (such as cleaning cloths), or recycled into textile fibers. According to the H&M Group’s website, "around 50% to 60% [of donated clothes and fabrics] are sorted for re-wear and reuse and 35% to 45% recycled to become products for other industries or made into new fibres."

In the past, the parent company has created collections (particularly for brands like COS and Weekday) made from upcycled fabrics. H&M hopes to use only recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and this initiative is just one way they’re making that happen.

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