We got an excellent question on fabric recycling from a reader. I tracked down one resource, but I'd also love to hear your suggestions!
This fabric recycling question comes from reader Sara, who asks:
Is there a way to recycle fabric (bedding,clothing) that is not suitable for re-use (torn and worn)?
That's a great question, Sara, and I think I have the answer for you! There is an organization called SMART - Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles - that's a trade group for companies that use those overly-worn textiles. SMART doesn't accept fabric donations directly, but they have some consumer tips on their page that are worth checking out.
This tip comes from the SMART Consumers page:
Look for collection boxes in your neighborhood. Check with your local charities, thrift stores, or government recycling coordinator for drop-off locations or to get pick-up information.
- Your favorite local charity
- Ask your town or city if they have a textile recycling program
- Call or visit the website of your local transfer station or town landfill or dump to see if they have collection boxes
- Check your mail for charities that offer curb side pick-up
Of course, even a well-worn garment often still has some usable fabric on it. Try a project like this fabric scrap bouquet to reuse as much of your worn-out clothing as possible!
Have you had any luck finding fabric recycling services online? Feel free to share links to your favorite resources in the comments!