Don’t chuck – donate

Your first step in living a more sustainable life should be to stop throwing things away. Earlier this year, H&M’s garment collecting initiative landed on our shores with multiple clothing banks scattered around the city. Accepting clothes from any brand, H&M creates fresh textile fibres for new products out of the donated pieces while also playing its part in reducing landfill. Find the closest bank to you at

Upcycle your jewellery

Fallen out of love with old rings, necklaces and bracelets? Take your metals and jewels to Cara Jewellers in the Gold & Diamond Park, where they can reset pieces as well as create bespoke creations from scratch – often considerably cheaper than shopping something new from the big brands. Cara Jewellers

Get your tailor on speed dial

If something proves too fiddly to fix at home, take it to a professional. Satwa in Dubai has a wealth of experienced tailors and seamstresses, usually discovered through word-of-mouth. “I shipped my wedding dress over from LA,” reveals Grazia Fashion Director Jade Chilton, “and when I learnt of a tailor who worked in-house for one of the biggest luxury brands, I knew I was onto a winner. He’s my best kept secret in Dubai.” Once you find your trusted person, stick with them and they can create items for your shape while understanding what you do and don’t like.

Treasure, not trash

Before dumping well-worn clothes in the garbage, think about hitting up a local flea market. Book a pitch, display your unwanted wares on a rail and watch them disappear. With items usually selling between Dhs10 to Dhs50, you’re not going to make millions, but you will leave feeling satisfied after seeing customers find treasures in your trash.