The Best Way To Recycle Old Duvets

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How To Recycle Duvets Sustainably

You may not be a dog or pet owner and have never realised that this can be one of the best ways to recycle your old, clean, re-usable duvet, donating to your local pet shelter or pet charity shop.

“It’s only after purchasing a new duvet, we found not enough room to store the old one at home. It became quite a task where to recycle the duvet”

The problem is that many duvets are now not environmentally friendly being made of synthetic fibres. WRAP, the UK recycling organisation report that both duvets and pillow recycling are “challenging” and encourages the public to recycle clean usable duvets and pillows to local charities and not donate to textile recycling banks.








Where to donate duvets

Good, clean, undamaged duvets can have better homes to go to, recycling and disposing of duvets environmentally.

Animal shelters and pet charity shops have a presence in most local towns and cities. They are grateful for duvet, blanket, towel, and pillow donations as long as they are in good condition, clean and re-usable.

Animal shelters need duvets and blankets to give their dogs and cats, some soft and warm comfort in their pens, when waiting to be rehomed, and towels for everyday needs when caring for the animals. Pet charity shops can sell second-hand textile goods, with care labels attached, and particularly new items.

Charity shops can have limited space and may only take these donated items infrequently, so it’s best to call ahead and find out what their current space allocation is like, rather than turning up at their premises with a large duvet in your arms and being rejected! Generally, they appreciate these items when they are coming into season and easier to sell, such as the start of Autumn when the weather is starting to get chilly, and after Christmas when the weather is at its coldest.

Covid-19 hasn’t helped and there are currently strict requirements in place when taking in charitable donations from the public, so these rules have to be adhered to. They may change from time to time, currently, some shops, for example, may want the duvet to be placed in a plastic bag before being handed in. The charity shop should inform you of how they wish the items to be donated.

Animal shelters use many clean recycled donated duvets, blankets, and towels. They generally have more space to store these items, but still, call ahead and find out their current requirements, similar to charity shops. The larger shelters may not take them, but smaller shelters are generally very keen.

Pet Rabbit owners who keep pet rabbits outside like to try and make hutches warmer for their pets. During the winter outside pet rabbits suffer from the cold.

Whilst duvets, blankets, and towels should never be put in their cages, as pet rabbits will nibble these and choke, becoming seriously ill with ingested blockages, needing emergency care. They can be used to cover the cages during very cold weather. Putting a duvet cover over and around the hutch will help to keep it a little bit warmer inside, adding some insulation, but one must always allow air circulation to get into the hutch whilst ensuring keeping the duvet inaccessible from the pet rabbit. Finally, cover over with some waterproof tarpaulin and you’ve helped to increase their hutch warmth.

To find your nearest pet charity that may be able to take your duvet and pillows in the UK, ‘google’ with the appropriate search terms and search whom often has the nearest pet charities listed.

Giving your duvet away for free

If you want to give away your duvet to a pet owner then advertising it on the free web platforms is another solution. Try these –

1. Try Olio the UK free recycling food and household items recycling website and app.

2. Try Freecycle the free recycling worldwide partnership with local groups and more than 9 million users.

3. Try ilovefreegle free recycling with local groups all dotted over the UK.

4. Try facebook and gumtree with local free listings.

Selling your second-hand duvet has never been easier using social media platforms such Facebook Marketplace and Local Ebay 

Estimates suggest that there are approximately 1million pet rabbits kept in the UK and about 67% of those are kept outside.

Pet ownership figures have greatly increased during the recent pandemic, so we are sure that any free item offered will be snapped up by grateful pet owners.

Thank you to everyone

who has generously donated duvets

to good causes

Donating used duvets to people shelters

This can be quite difficult, and you may find that you will need to search your local council details and enquire, or local homeless charity. The best times to donate are during Autumn as the weather starts to change, getting colder, and at Christmas time when many temporary shelters are set up by council back initiatives. However, many organisations refuse to take used duvets. They will accept new duvets.


Recycle Now provides the UK public with details of their local recycling plant address. This is really the last resort to recycle your undamaged duvet. They may post additional notes from time to time about the bins that may be full and/or closed.

About Duvets

When was the duvet invented?

A young British designer and entrepreneur, Sir Terence Conran introduced duvets into his Habitat stores in Britain having spotted them being used in Sweden, 1964. Duvets caught on very quickly becoming a great alternative to the heavy, old wool blankets that had been used on beds for centuries and a step-up from the duck and goose feather eiderdowns being used. However, there isn’t much information from historical records of duvets being invented, or indeed, used in other civilisations as we know the duvet today.

At this time, many synthetic fabrics, including the fillings used today, were being invented and improved, sweeping away the old, traditional natural fabrics used.

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8 thoughts on “The Best Way To Recycle Old Duvets

    1. Hi Ruth, We recommend to find your nearest pet charity that may be able to take your duvet and pillows in the UK, ‘google’ with the appropriate search terms and search whom often have the nearest pet charities listed. There are quite a number that you will be able to call or email to see if they can take them.


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