What happens to your old clothes?

Old clothes are often improperly disposed of due to poor delivery infrastructure and a lack of alternatives. For example, if old textiles are disposed of with residual waste, reuse is ruled out and the textiles must be incinerated. With our service, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to hand in your old clothes properly so that they can be sold on the second-hand market or recycled!

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Our Approach

Increasing collection quality through innovation.

An essential part of establishing the circular economy is reverse logistics — i.e. the way raw materials are transported from consumer to producer or to other consumers. In the textile sector in particular, it is crucial to ensure collection quality (e.g. low contamination). Because the better the input, the better the output of the recycling process. On the one hand, our service allows us to deliver old clothes conveniently and free of charge, which increases the willingness to drop off old clothes. On the other hand, by collecting them directly from the front door, we can ensure that the old clothes are not soiled due to environmental or external influences. The quality of old clothing collected by textile tigers exceeds that of textiles collected from conventional containers many times over. As a result, recycling quality increases.

Efficient sorting.

With our partner RE TEXTIL, we see it as our responsibility to work particularly efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner. For example, garments that are no longer wearable go into one of our recycling processes and are further processed into recycled raw materials or insulation materials, for example. Thanks to ultra-modern sorting systems and trained specialists, over 90% of the incoming material flow can be reused or reused. The environment in particular benefits from this, as the recycling of raw materials such as cotton has been proven to save natural resources. But what exactly happens to your old clothes? Unfortunately, around 4% of old clothing has to be incinerated, while 36% is used as recycled raw material or downcycling (e.g. cleaning cloths). 60% of the clothing collected can be reused as clothing. Some of the clothing is marketed internationally. Thanks to our excellent collection qualities, we are trying to offer more goods on the local second-hand market. Find out more about recycling Our responsibility.

Our projects

Research for a sustainable future.

In collaboration with IRG (Industry Research Group Polymer Recycling) and ITA (Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University), our partner RE TEXTIL and TextilTiger support research on innovative methods for polymer recycling of garments, i.e. those that contain plastics. Along the entire value chain of the textile recycling industry, research is being carried out for solutions that will change the clothing industry in the long term.


In order to express our claim to operate more sustainably and creatively, a special upcycling collection was created with the Munich Design School. Discarded and seemingly worthless Norwegian sweaters were given a new life — in completely new forms and pieces of clothing interpreted in a contemporary way.

A deeper insight into the entire design process is available here.

Can that go away?

When sorting out your old clothes, this is the question and probably also what is the best, most sustainable way to send your old textiles on a new journey. In any case, your former favorite piece deserves to end up in the best hands. And what can TextilTiger do for you that the old clothes container can't?

Here we go:

  • People like to think twice about getting to the old clothes container. Once heavily packed through the quarter please? It can also be easier. Have it picked up
  • Would you like to know exactly what will happen with your old textiles after delivery? With so many old clothes containers, this is uncertain. Used clothing containers are often set up illegally and careful recycling of clothing does not take place transparently.
  • Old clothing containers are often overfilled — and moisture and dirt make many textiles unusable for reuse.
  • An old clothing container is normally emptied with a fuel-powered truck. There is another way to reduce CO2 emissions. More about emissions


We pick up your old clothes in Hamburg.
Simply enter your zip code and choose a time slot.