Recycling textiles sounds quaint, unlike recycling electronics which sounds obvious – all those precious metals that can be used again and many toxic substances which we don’t want in landfill where they can pollute the water table and outgas greenhouse gases.
Turns out that the same considerations come up for textiles too. After all textiles will generally decompose and the bacteria that find their way into the material may well generate Methane which is a very potent greenhouse gas.
So we need to recycle materials; this can be clothing, curtains, fabric of all kinds that we might automatically or rather unconsciously, dump in our black bin – the “sin bin” that goes to landfill.
My local recycling arrangements changed recently so that we can dispose of textiles in our recycling or Green Bin, so it’s easy to do. No more trekking off to a special recycling centre miles away at a cost of time and effort.
Here’s some encouragement. A store in Atlanta is using a cover of Happy by Pharrell Williams in a very creative way, have a listen…and join in the recycling even if you don’t sing or dance along with the music!
credit for photo Joe Shlabotnik