Every year more than 25 billion pounds of clothing and textiles are used but only 15% is recycled which means that 85% of garments go straight into landfill or incinerators.
However most people have the misconception that the torn, ripped clothes cannot be recycled or donated. The truth is the Salvation Army, Savers, Goodwill, and all clothing collection bins accept goods in poor condition such as old, torn, worn, but ensuring you keep them clean, dry, and made of odorless textiles and free from moisture is significant. You cannot donate underthings. If the clothes are wet or mildewed, it can’t be resold or reused.
The vice president of donated retail goods at Goodwill Industries International, Inc., Michael Meyer states that “We take all textiles in any condition. All those textiles end up in our system and they’re sorted to determine where they will land“. Those ‘unsellable’ textiles or clothes will be sold to salvage textile recyclers or the textile recycling organizations. The proceeds of these sales support their programs and help families and job seekers. The recycled textile industry can put torn, stained, damaged, and ripped old clothes to use by being recycled into rags, stuffing, padding, insulation and other products.
For instance, the manufacturer of environmentally friendly insulation and padding products, Ultra Touch collects used denim or jean material to re-process as insulation, especially the material is safe for children to enjoy and is free of carcinogens and toxicity.
Pure Waste claims that their product is processed with 100% recycled textiles. The denim particularly also doesn’t require any washing, dyeing or addition of any virgin ingredients. Making the ecologically sustainable fabrics available It saves large amounts of natural resources.
Textiles are more valuable and recyclable that we thought. They can be reused or recycled into insulation material, flooring, packaging, or cushioning in stuffed toys, and bags. We cannot just throw our unwanted clothes away. We should keep them out of landfill and recycle to the appropriate place. This allows the recycled textile industry to re-process goods into something new or re-produce a valuable raw materials.
If your clothes are in good and wearable condition, it is not difficult to send them to charities, or second hand clothing stores to resell items. Therefore, there is no reason not to recycle, giving your old clothing a second life. Why not consider eco-friendly textile recycling.
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