• Jessica Hanson

Responsible Textile Recycling

Textile waste is one of the areas I personally find most frustrating - yes, donating gently used and still wearable clothes to friends and family, thrift stores or crisis centers IS wonderful. But what about the shirt that got a hole in it when you got caught on the corner of a file cabinet? What about the well-loved sock that has a hole in the sole or lost its other half forever ago? What about sheets and comforters and worn out family-heirloom blankets that you know aren't good enough to donate but you can't bear to throw away? When donating and reusing aren't always available, it may surprise you to learn that there are options for recycling your textiles instead! Keep reading to find out more.

First, what is a "textile"? A textile is something made by knitting, weaving, or crocheting fibers together. A textile is any cloth or fabric. You're probably wearing a textile right now! Textile comes from the Latin word, textilis for "woven fabric” and that's exactly what it is. Textiles can also be made from natural (i.e. wool, cotton, silk) or synthetic fibers (i.e. polyester, spandex). Typical articles of clothing may come to mind when thinking of textiles, but carpet, rugs, upholstered furniture fabric, blankets, tents, nets, ropes, burlap and more are also considered textiles. The variety of materials and components that make up many of these household products can make recycling or proper disposal challenging. Here's what we know about textile recycling outlets!

Sorry for the inconvenience...the article will be finalized and updated soon! 4-6-2022

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