Recycling Clothing

by Stacey Diffin-Lafleur

Does any of this sound familiar to you? You buy a t-shirt, wear it once and forget about it. Later on you throw it out. Or maybe you have a collection of reading glasses, one for every outfit, and some for outfits that are long since gone. Once they go out of style, you ‘store’ them in the ‘old’ glasses drawer. And … when it’s time to clean up, they are simply thrown out. I know I’ve been guilty of doing this myself. But if you stop to consider it, there is really no need. You can easily recycle that t-shirt or those glasses, even though you’re finished with them, they may be loved by someone else.

Recycling clothes is easy, efficient, and good for people and good for the planet. You can have a garage sale, sell them online or bundle them up and see if your friends or family want them. If not, you can take them to shelters, or to thrift stores – check with them first to see what they accept – or you can add them to one of the many Clothesline drop boxes located across Canada or you can call Clothesline to arrange pick up. Just don’t throw it in the garbage.

Think about it. The recyclable clothes that you throw out will end up in landfill and will cause pollution.

Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline

Why stop at recycling clothes? You might also want to consider your bedding, your old towels or draperies. If it’s not re-usable – no problem – it will be recycled into industrial rags, under pads for carpets or fibre for upholstery or insulation. Any way you look at this, if someone else wears it, uses it, or if it is recycled into another product, you have made a difference by keeping this recyclable waste out of landfill and helping to reduce pollution.

Think about this before you discard your clothes…
• Synthetic (man-made fibres) products will not decompose, they last forever in landfill
• Woollen garments decompose, but they also produce methane gas.
• Almost 50 % of the clothing you recycle is worn again

Basically any type of textile can be recycled, regardless of its condition. What have you got to lose by recycling? Nothing. Before you dispose of your older jeans, jumpers and t-shirts, why not take a closer look at what’s in the bag and think about how you can reduce, reuse and recycle. Clothing recycling – it’s a good thing.

The Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline is running a Donate to Win A Dream Vacation promotion until November 30, 2014.

Stacey Diffin-Lafleur

Smart, small and curious. I am a marketing professional who works fast, thinks fast, and get the right results … fast. With a positive and strategic outlook into the world and years of practical experience, I understand the value of relationships and the impact that these can deliver.

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