Part II: Recycle

Recycling your old clothes is much easier than you think and there are various options you have when thinking of getting rid of some old clothes.

  1. Donation
    1. Goodwill is a great company to support because they offer job training and education programs to people in the community, as well as help finding a job, all for free!
    2. Retex Northwest is a company that collects clothing and footwear in collection bins near retail stores. Roughly 50% of supplies collected is sent to third-world countries and second-hand shops. The other 50% is broken down into different recycling methods, 20% is made into cleaning cloths for industrial use, 15% is reclaimed for use as fiber for insulation products, 10% is used to create new materials, like upholstery fabric, and 5% is waste, some of which can be composted.
  2. Curbside recycling
    1. This option can be tricky because it does depend on your area and collection service regulations. If you are interested in this check with your local recycling center first!
    2. Check out the SMART website for more detailed information.
      http://www.smartasn.org/
  3. Upcycling – The process of creating something new and better from old items
    1. Reduces clothing and textile waste by reusing gently used fabric to create new garments and products.
    2. Making a single cotton T-shirt requires over 700 gallons of water, whereas using a pre-existing T-shirt to make something new requires nearly no water.
    3. Upcycling can get rid of roughly 85% of textile waste that ends up in landfills.
    4. It’s cost-effective. Upcycling can be less expensive since used or pre-existing materials are typically a fraction of the cost of newly-made materials and textiles.
    5. Get creative! Upcycling allows you to create something new and unique that only you have!

Check out http://www.upcyclethat.com/ for ideas and inspiration.

We hope you enjoyed our two part series about how to reduce your carbon footprint while staying fashionable.

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