separate paper from plastic. rinse out your old containers. crumple up aluminum foil. recycling is pretty much second nature to us, but there are certain things that are a bit more difficult to recycle, like old clothing. can you believe that 26 billion pounds of textiles get sent to landfill every single year?
if you’re looking for a place to recycle your old garments, check out one of these places:
The North Face has created a program called Clothes the Loop that encourages people to drop off unwanted clothing and footwear – no matter the brand. the best part? you can earn a $10 reward toward your next purchase of $100 or more from The North Face.
ironic as it sounds, this fast fashion giant does accept clothing for recycling. when you bring your old garments to any local H&M store, they’ll organize each piece into one of three categories: recycle, reuse or rewear. Since 2013, they’ve gathered more than 32,000 tons of garments.
if you’re in New York City, GrowNYC provides receptacles for you to bring old clothing. textiles can be dropped off weekly at one of 27 markets throughout the 5 boroughs – plus it’s tax deductible, so you can save green by saving green.
next time you rip an old pair of stockings or stain a t-shirt, bring it to one of these recycling facilities. recycling old clothing is what we’re all about.
on the other hand, if you’re looking to get rid of fabric scraps, you can check out the following places:
we love fabscrap! Fabscrap is your one stop textile recycling and reuse resource. They will pick up your scraps and then find a home for it either to be recycled or reused by artists, students, and designers! Fabscrap is always looking for volunteers to help sort their fabric!
refashionNYC is a non-profit partnership with the department of sanitation of nyc. refashionNYC kills two birds with one stone and allows for both clothing and clothing scrap drop off. Request to get a bin installed in your apartment building, office building, commercial business, school or institution. Prevent clothing, shoes, accessories, towels, bed linens, clean rags, and clothing scraps from going into a landfill!