Monthly Archives: November 2014

Wait, you can recycle fabric?

If you’re an Ithacan and a resale shopping champion, it’s safe to assume you know a thing or two about recycling. If it’s paper, plastic, compostable, or reusable, you know the drill. But what about fabric? What becomes of table and bed linens that are too worn for Mimi’s to take? What if they’re tattered, stained, or missing pieces of a set? Is it even worth donating to Salvation Army or Thrifty Shopper? It seems wrong… but I guess… I should just…. throw them out…?

Wait! As it turns out, donation centers only re-sell about 20% of the textiles they get. For the rest, there is actually more recycling to be done. Click on the picture below to enlarge it and read more about how those donations are used. Your recycled linens could end up abroad or being made into carpet padding. That’s so wacky, random, and cool! lifecycle of secondhand clothing

November 15th is America Recycles day and New York State is making a real push to encourage textile recycling. (Because, let’s face it, we’re already masters at recycling paper products, glass, and plastic). If you want to know more, here are some helpful links:

List of Recyclable Textiles: Some of the things on this list are really surprising. Even stuffed animals? Even Dish cloths?! As long as everything is dry and odor-free, it seems like every textile is fair game.

Textile Recovery/Donation Centers: These are all the places you can donate within 10 miles of Ithaca. If you’re reading this from afar, not to worry, just put in your zip code and get a list of donation centers near you. On November 15th and 16th only, Tompkins County is also hosting events at our food scrap drop off locations where there will be more information about all kinds of recycling, and special activities and giveaways.

Click below to learn more about America Recycles day and New York State’s textile recovery campaign. And, next time you’re sorting old linens you don’t want anymore, make Mama Earth proud and “Clothes the Loop!”


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