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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Curbside recycling
- 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!
- Check out the SMART website for more detailed information.
- Upcycling – The process of creating something new and better from old items
- Reduces clothing and textile waste by reusing gently used fabric to create new garments and products.
- 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.
- Upcycling can get rid of roughly 85% of textile waste that ends up in landfills.
- 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.
- 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.