What charity wants bedding? Where can I donate my old bedding?

It’s Spring! Are you feeling the urge to cleanse and declutter? We are often asked how can you reuse home linens, throws, cushions bedding in an eco-kind way? 
Whether it’s recycled, donated or reused here are your questions answered on how to extend the lifecycle of your home linens.

FAQ: What to Do with Old Bedding?

  1. Where can I donate my old bedding?
  • Bed Linen and Blankets: Organisations like The Clothes Pod and Marks & Spencer's SCHWop for Oxham accept bed linen that is washed or unused (excluding duvet and pillow inserts). (P.S. If you're a Sparks cardholder you get a free treat just scan the QR code on the SCHWop box you've donated to)
  • Charities: Consider donating to Oxfam Ireland, St. Vincent de Paul (excluding duvet and pillows) or local animal shelters such as the Dogs trust (they will take duvets, towels and pillows just not of the feather variety as their guests like to rip these to shreds)
  • Online Platforms: Explore options like Freecycle groups or Buy and Sell sites for giving away or selling your bedding.
  1. Do charities take bedding?
  • While duvet and pillow inserts might not be accepted everywhere, charities like Bed Linen, Towels, washed and in good condition or unused and some animal rescues may take them. It's best to check with the specific organisations listed beforehand. For more information see Charity Retail Ireland. 
  1. What if I can’t donate my bedding to charity?
  • Pet Bedding: Animal shelters often accept items like bed linen, towels, duvets, pillows and blankets.
  • Upcycling: Get creative! Turn old duvets and pillows into bolster cushions or draft excluders for your home.
  • Composting: If your bedding is made from natural fibers such as organic cotton, cotton, silk, linen is un-dyed or a natural dye consider composting it to biodegrade. Remove any tags, buttons and manmade fillers before composting. 

Remember to check each organisation's guidelines before donating, as acceptance criteria may vary. For more information on sustainable living practices, visit Circular Living Ireland.

Got more questions? Feel free to ask!  



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