We’ve all had those moments where we realize that cleaning rag is no longer holding together, or there’s no way to save our favorite set of sheets. When there’s just no way to keep using fabric, it’s time to throw it out or begin to recycle fabrics.
However, most people don’t know how to recycle their fabrics. Paper, cans, and bottles can just be tossed in the recycle bin, after all. But where do you send textiles so they can be remade into new materials? Here are some ways to recycle fabrics:
There Are Solutions Out There
While all textiles can be recycled, only about 15 percent of them find their way into an appropriate program. That is a very small number, especially when you consider that textiles can be remade into new clothing, yarns, papers, and a slew of other products. Unfortunately, most people just throw these items in the garbage because they don’t know what to do with them.
Where Do You Take Fabric?
The organization Earth 911 has a digital tool you can use to find the appropriate recycling programs for your items. Other organizations, like Blue Jeans Go Green, will also accept specific kinds of fabric (denim, in this case), which will then be turned into new, useful items. This charity turns old jeans into new, green insulation for homes. Most of the time you will need to request a box to mail your fabrics in, but if you live in a major city, or near a branch of a particular charity, there may be drop boxes near you.
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