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How to Recycle Stained or Ripped Clothing


By: Katie Greiss
How many times have you been in a situation where you're about to donate or consign a piece of clothing and realize it has a stain or is too damaged? 
We get questions on what to do with unwearable garments (besides throw them out!) A LOT, so we've rounded up our top three solutions here:
  1. Give to the Salvation Army’s “Earth Stewardship” program. Drop off clothes labelled for textile recycling at any Salvation Army drop-off centre and they will be sent to domestic recyclers to be given a second life and transformed into useful materials such as industrial rags, insulation material, scrap metal to be used for cars, computers, and much more! See here for more info 
  1. Do it yourself! We all have a bit more time to be creative at home right now, so why not learn to turn old garments into pet toys, use as craft material for kids, cut into cleaning rags, or make upcycled pillows!
  1. Compost fabrics. Natural fabrics, without zippers, buttons, or synthetic sewing thread, can be composted in a bin or backyard garden! Ensure you cut your clothes into 2-3” squares or small shreds and mix them in with your soil or compost bin.

          Natural compostable fabrics include

    • Cotton
    • Silk
    • Wool
    • Cashmere
    • Hemp
    • Bamboo
    • Linen

More helpful tips for composting clothing can be found here.

Bottom line, there's always a better option than throwing your old clothes into the landfill.

From our team to you, thank you for supporting slow fashion!