FALSE. If your town doesn’t accept textiles with other recyclables, find a collection bin. Often located in parking lots of shopping centers and groceries stories, these collection companies, like Charter Recycling, recycle and reuse nearly 100% of items collected. We determine which items are usable as clothing and can be exported, which can be sold and (more…)
FALSE. Textile recyclers are experts at making use of supplies. Unwearable items can end up as wiping rags, insulation, upholstery stuffing, or even ingredients in paper products. So don’t throw it away, give it to a bin and feel good that it will have use.
TRUE. Almost ALL clothing and household textiles, which are made of fabrics like cotton, polyester, nylon and rayon, can be reused, yet they make up almost 5 percent of the total garbage in landfills.
TRUE. One pair of shoes weighs about a pound. But a pound of clothing is also 3 T-shirts, one dress, 9 articles of kid’s clothing, 3 towels, one backpack, or one sheet. It’s amazing how much can be bought by developing countries for just pennies.
FALSE. Charities can’t distribute all of the clothing they collect. They sell most of it to the same types of sellers that we do, and use the money they earn to fund the charities’ activities. Dropping off at a for-profit bin, like Charter’s, still benefits developing countries by offering good quality clothing for pennies.