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Yes, You Can Donate and Recycle That Torn T-shirt and Lots More

March 4, 2015

Lately, I’ve been on a personal mission to clean out my closets.  There’s the pile of clothing to donate to a local shelter for women and children, another for the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or St. Vincent de Paul, and another that is “too worn, torn, or stained” to donate.  Wrong conclusion!! 

I’m reluctant to put anything in the general waste bin, and by doing a couple quick searches I came across an article by Kathryn Suchalich at that quelled my fears.  Nearly ALL clothing and textiles in clean and dry condition can be recycled.  This includes all types of used clothing, footwear & household textiles. Items such as:  shirts, pants, sheets, drapes, pillows, handbags, belts, soft toys and footwear.   Carpeting, mattresses, and oil rags are about the only exceptions. The Association of Wiping Materials, Used Clothing and Fiber Industries (SMART) reports that 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills, yet 95% of it could be recycled or “reintroduced” after processing and converting into new textiles and products for the consumer market. Read more.

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