RECYCLING TEXTILES and CLOTHES
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Textiles and Clothing
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Textiles and fabrics such as linen, cotton, denim, wool,
flannel, nylon, and fleece are a part of our environments at both work and home.
From the clothes we wear to bedding and bath towels or carpets and window
drapes, unwanted and un-usable textile materials are one of the easiest items to
recycle or re-use. Many non-profit organizations and community groups are
interested in collecting older clothing and home-goods for charitable purposes,
so there is little reason why your unwanted textiles should end up with other
waste materials and garbage in the landfill!
facts about textile and clothing waste generation and recycling:
Textiles make up slightly more than 5% of the total solid waste stream for
2011, over 13 million tons of textile waste was generated but only two million
tons of that total was recovered for recycling and re-use.
average, close to 14% of all unwanted clothing and shoes, and close to 18% of
textiles such as towels and bedding, are donated or recycled.
happens to collected and recycled clothing and textiles?
Once waste textiles are
brought to a recovery facility, they are separated into different categories
depending on the material they are made up of. Clothes and fabrics made of
cotton are frequently recycled to be used in high-quality paper products as well
as cleaning materials such as dust cloths or rope mops. Cotton that cannot be
re-used is frequently composted with other organic materials such as food scraps
and yard waste. Textiles made of wool are often pulled apart and used in car
insulation or furniture padding. Other styles of fabric can frequently be
re-sold and remanufactured into building insulation, furniture upholstery, and
environmental friendly construction and building materials. Even old, “ugly”
carpeting such as shag rugs from the 1970s can be re-purposed into new, modern
The benefits of recycling textiles
There are three major benefits that happen when you make
the decision to recycle textiles and clothing:
donation of usable clothing and household textiles helps charitable
agencies serve those in need.
It reduces your overall
waste contribution to landfills,
which reduces greenhouse gasses.
By increasing the amount of recycled material, youhelp
create jobs in the green-friendly business sector.
Here are three examples of successful municipal textile
waste recycling programs:
The town of
How to get started with
textile and clothing recycling
The United States
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has collected data that shows improving
and increasing diversion rates for textiles will have one of the greatest
impacts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and can have an impact similar to
removing more than million cars from roads in the
Textiles are one of the “greenest” waste materials you
can recycle. Clothing and fabrics can be
recycled and re-used several times over in the manufacturing of new clothing,
carpeting, fabrics, and building materials. If your business tosses old textiles
into the garbage, you are losing valuable dollars! Take a look into re-selling
or donating those unwanted materials to a charitable group and you’ll see how
easy it can be to “go green” and “save green” at the same time!
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