Charitable organisations have been recycling clothing for over 100 years. Reusing and recycling clothing saves natural resources, reduces pollution and waste, and helps people in need - or even those just looking for funky threads.
Re-using or recycling clothing has numerous benefits, including:
Good-quality used clothes can be donated to charitable organisations, who will resell and/or redistribute them, or to commercial operators. Many large charities have clothing collection bins in public locations. Most charities will also accept donations of clothes at their retail outlets, and some may arrange pick-up services.
Good quality clothes are resold by charities in their retail outlets for fundraising purposes, or they may be given to disadvantaged people.
Some charities will recycle clothes which are in poor condition into industrial rags, sound-absorption materials, insulation or stuffing. Not all clothes are suitable for rag-making, however. Ideally, the types of items that are suitable for remanufacture into industrial rags should be:
Any items which do not meet the above criteria should not be placed in charity bins, as they will be landfilled by the charity which then incurs the landfill cost. Some clothing (preferably natural fibres) can be used for weed matting - a community garden or Landcare / Bushcare may be interested.
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