26 billion pounds of textiles are wasted each year in the United States alone.
And with the textile industry’s contribution to greenhouse gases, water wastage, and microplastics in the ocean, this is a big problem. (Click here to see the impact of fashion trash.)
Donating usable clothing helps, but what to do with that odd sock, old underwear, and rags?
The good news is, you can now recycle fabric. But not in your curbside bin.
Goodwill Industries operates internationally and will take all your fabric scraps for recycling–from cut-off blue jeans to worn-out t-shirts, and even loose scraps from sewing/crafting projects.
Why not set a bag aside for fabric scraps and drop it off at your nearest Goodwill location? If you aren’t close to a Goodwill, arrange a community pick-up and see how many pounds of textiles you can save from the landfill.
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