Wait! Before tossing that lone sock or old tee shirt in the trash consider these statistics -
Do you recycle clothes?
You may already take your gently worn clothes to a consignment store for resale, or maybe you participate in a neighborhood yard sale, or donate gently used clothes to a local nonprofit store.
The key, whether you sell or donate is to keep secondhand clothes in circulation as long as possible to avoid waste. On average, each American consumer donates or recycles 12 pounds of clothing and household textiles. We can do better. Clothing and textiles are 100% recyclable.
Here’s what happens to used clothing after you donate it to a thrift store.
What about clothes, linens, blankets, towels, etc. that you doubt anyone would want? Wondering whether you should discard or donate torn, stained or worn items? Donate all unwanted clothing, unless it’s wet or moldy. Any clothes, shoes, accessories or household textiles that don’t sell at nonprofit thrift stores are sold in bulk as salvage to recyclers.
Here’s the recycling sequence.
How can we keep discarded clothing and textiles out of landfills?
What resourceful or creative ways have you found to recycle used clothing and keep them out of landfills?
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living. She is author of the books, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success, and a longtime lifestyle writer for the Farmers' Almanac.
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