How To Recycle Your Clothing

Clothing is a resource that’s present in every human community. It can be re-used, discarded, or repurposed. As a fashion influencer, I will guide you through various strategies and processes that can be used to recycle your clothes.

What do you usually do with clothes when you’re done with them? When we’re done with clothes, they can be discarded or used to create new ones. There are various ways to approach this issue.

What is clothing recycling? 

Clothing recycling is a process that involves recovering old clothes and shoes for processing to create new ones that are suitable for reuse. This process works by separating the fibers and making the clothes more durable and sustainable. Before the textiles are processed for reuse, they must be collected and thoroughly inspected to ensure that they’re suitable for reuse. This process is also known as clothing repurposing. This process helps in reducing the amount of waste in the landfill, keeping the environment clean and it actually saves a lot of money.

After being collected, the clothes are then divided into various components and sent to various destinations.

Polyester or other biodegradable materials are then separated from the clothes and are combined with other fibers to make new ones.

For synthetic plastics, the buttons and zippers are removed before the clothes are cut. The resulting products are then shaped into pellets.

Why recycle clothes?

Due to the rapid growth of the population and the rise of fast fashion, more clothes are being discarded than ever before. In 2015, the US EPA reported that the waste from textiles generated 16 million tons.

Most of the time, this waste ends up in landfills, where it can release harmful gases into the atmosphere. Polyester textiles do not decompose at all, and these chemicals can seep into the groundwater and soil. There are various ways to reduce the amount of clothing waste in landfills such as clothing recycling, community clothing repurposing, and buying sustainable clothes. This can help preserve the environment and prevent further harmful gases from entering it.

An open-source solution can help communities reduce the amount of clothing that goes to waste. This can be done through a variety of solutions, such as establishing a clothing recycling program or a community center.

Through an open-source solution, communities can implement effective and cost-effective solutions to reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills. This can be done globally and is profitable as well.

How to recycle your clothes? 

If your city doesn’t have a general recycling plan, consider some small-scale options that can be used by anyone. These solutions can be effective for anyone living in most suburban or rural areas.

You can donate your clothes to charity shops and thrift stores. In most cases, Not all of the clothes donated to these organizations are sold but the textile recycling companies benefit from the sale of the goods. You can also donate to online retailers such as ThredUp.

There are also groups that collect used clothes. These include Souls 4 Soles, The Bra Recyclers, and Blue Jeans Go Green. For clothes that are unfit to be donated, these groups will accept a variety of clothes in different conditions.

A clothing swap is a great way to get rid of old clothes and exchange them for new ones and you can simply organize by yourself or with a group of friends.

Stores that will do the job for you 

Some companies will accept their used clothes for recycling like: 

1-Zara 

Zara allows customers to also drop off their used clothes at select stores. The items are then transported to a local organization and are used for community projects.

2-H&M

H&M also allows its customers to recycle their unwanted clothes in its recycling box. All textiles are accepted.

3-American Eagle Outfitters 

American Eagle also has partnered with Cotton Inc.’s Blue Jeans Go Green program. Through this program, the discarded denim is turned into insulation for homes.

4-Nike

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe Program allows people to drop off their old athletic shoes at participating stores. These shoes can then be used to make new athletic fields and playgrounds.

Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoes program allows people to drop off their old athletic shoes at participating Nike retailers. They then use the old ones to create new athletic fields and playgrounds.