Spotlight on a Recyclable – Clothing/Household Textiles
With the upcoming change of seasons, many will find themselves sorting through their wardrobes and linen closets to determine what should stay and what should go. Please do not throw away your clothing, shoes, bed sheets, and other household textiles.
You may think they’ve reached the end of their usefulness to you, however by choosing to donate these items you are essentially choosing to recycle rather than landfill. According to the Council for Textile Recycling (www.weardonaterecycle.org), when you donate clothing, shoes, handbags, or household textiles:
45% is reused and repurposed, with a majority being exported as secondhand clothing.
30% is recycled and converted into other products. For example, reclaimed wiping rags are used as industrial and residential absorbents.
20% is recycled into fiber to make home insulation, carpet padding, etc.
Only 5% ends up as waste.
Check out additional sustainable resources and organizations listed on-line that will take your too-far-gone clothing, accessories, and textiles and re-purpose them for other uses.