Textile Recycling for the Environment



It’s a very simple logic to grasp, if we recycle our textile then less need to be produced by the textile industries which is our bit for the environment today. It is eco-friendly activity which is already working in society but creating more awareness might convince more people to participate in textile recycling.  For consumers the most common way of recycling textiles is reuse through reselling or donating to charity.

Almost 100% clothing and textiles are recyclable. More and more people are now recycling their old garments, whether it is through donation or thrifty shops. The textile making process is energy and resource intensive.

It’s easy to recycle but one fact is fundamental, the textiles must be clean and dry in order to be accepted for recycling.  Make sure to put clothing and textile in a bag clearly mark it for the charity shop of your choice. If you want to donate to a particular charity, drop bag to their facility or call them for collection from your home.

Alternatively you can take it to a recycling bank, find your nearest using your postcode to search on the recycle now locator. Drop it off whenever is convenient, all the items put in the recycling bank will be sorted and then sent off to be re-used or recycled.

For your bit of the environment, know your local authorities, textile recyclers, charities and waste management firms. Most of them have textile recycling equipment placed at hundreds of location in the town.   These huge metal bins are high safety chutes that are easily opened and closed. Find one near your house for your next textile recycling needs.

Helen Roberto is a freelance writer and loves to participate in discussion of textile industry globally. In her spare time, she works as an admin to maintain this blog and few others. Her knowledge on the subject has benefited many associated to home textile manufacturing and marketing.