Textile recycling is a newer idea. The idea of donating clothes, shoes, purses, belts blankets toys etc to thrift stores is well established in most communities. What if those items have holes, are discoloured, very old and out of fashion you can still keep them out of the landfill though textile recycling. Canadians only divert 25% waste from landfills.
Textile Waste Diversion and the Clothesline program are 2 companies that will gladly accept clean, dry ,odorless, clothing, shoes, boots, leather belts, purses, outwear, linens, drapery, soft toys. sleeping bags, yarn, pillows, hats, etc any thing made of textiles.
These 2 programs have bins for easy drop off. Not only do they divert waste from landfills but they also put money back into the economy through their fundraising programs.
This problem is not limited to Canada. In the USA it’s estimated each person wastes 32kg of clothing annually, with only 15% of this ending up in a recycling center. The rest is landfilled or incinerated, causing lasting damage to the environment.
With an increasing growth rate in Britain they also have low rates of waste diversion. The article The Introduction to all things Recycling by Monk and company explains the environmental benefits of recycling, the importance of recycling and the environmental impact of textile waste.
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