With springtime coming to an imminent end and summer fast approaching, the evenings are beginning to feel a little longer and undoubtedly, a lot lighter also.
Whilst previously we haven’t always been able to fully enjoy the summer months with COVID-19 restrictions limiting us to just our gardens, we are now finally able to re-immerse ourselves in daily life. For some, this may be as little as feeling confident enough to mingle with friends mask-free, for others, it could include travelling across the pond. Either way, we are now able to enjoy the approaching seasons in a manner that has otherwise been impossible for quite some time.
Along with this newfound sense of freedom in terms of travel, there are also other aspects of daily life that are swiftly returning to a sense of normalcy. This includes retail companies slowly increasing their sales volumes after having decreased in 2020 when COVID was at its peak by a whopping 1.9% – the largest annual decline on record to date.
Despite these statistics having risen since the reopening of shops last April, many retailers have since closed or been unable to open as of yet.
With the technological world advancing and customers being unable to purchase items in-person for quite some time, countless corporations have since altered their brand image and moved largely online. Not only does has this allowed for companies to continue despite the pandemic but has meant that, in most cases, people have been able to continue indulging in the delight of buying things online in a way far easier than ever before!
Each summer, we are faced with the universal experience of having to ensure that our wardrobes are weather-appropriate. Whether its doing a last minute bulk-buy online or desperately sifting through old clothes passed down by older relatives in hopes of finding something reasonably nice, we are often met with the same pile of clothes that is neither worn or discarded.
What to do next?
Getting rid of old clothes can be difficult, even if you’ve never even worn them! However, this constant holding on to unused items can often prove more inconvenient than anything else.
So, what’s the solution? Passing on these items to charities such as Little Lives UK is not only greatly appreciated but is beneficial for all parties involved. Whilst decluttering your home space and making room for any new summer attire, you are also helping to ensure that disadvantaged children are given the appropriate support and aid that they need.
How is this sustainable?
By donating unwanted clothes and electronics, besides helping to fight the issue of pollution by decreasing the amount of waste that will otherwise be dumped into landfills, you are also helping to reduce the energy that would be wasted on manufacturing new clothes.
As well as this, your donations will aid organisations such as Greenpeace and TRAID in their fight against the advancement of fast-fashion in the retail industry – an issue that is become ever-the-more prevalent with the bloom of online shopping in recent years.
Helping others helps you
Statistically proven, helping others not only benefits those that you are helping but improves your own mental health also, releasing endorphins such as oxytocin. This is effective in decreasing stress levels, as well as maintaining one’s mental health – a win-win!