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Thread: Recycling or Disposal of Worn Out Clothing

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    Is there any place that takes really worn out clothing, towels, etc?

    I hate to just dump it in the trash, but I don't know what else to do with it.

    This stuff is beyond being used for rags, but hasn't quite disintegrated completely yet.

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    could you cut them up and fill a pillowcase full for a dog kennel?

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    If it is all cotton, it makes a great compost filler. Remove all buttons or metal, tear the cloth to strips and toss it in a compost or bury it in your flower beds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    If it is all cotton, it makes a great compost filler. Remove all buttons or metal, tear the cloth to strips and toss it in a compost or bury it in your flower beds.
    I didn't know that - but it makes sense.

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    There is textile recycling here in NYC. Maybe someplace near you too.

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    or make rag rugs- there are a couple of different threads and links on this.

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    Donate 'em to the animal shelter. They'd love to use 'em for dog beds, etc.

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    This stuff is cut up garments, the collars and cuffs, etc. If we were allowed to have a burning barrel out here, it would be in it.

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    If you want to see amazing things made with recycled sweaters, check out one of my all time favorite artists. (I went insane and bought a coat from her last week. I just could not stop myself.)

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/katwise

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    I'd tear them into strips and braid rugs with them

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    Our cousin uses wool sweaters and makes mittens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    If you want to see amazing things made with recycled sweaters, check out one of my all time favorite artists. (I went insane and bought a coat from her last week. I just could not stop myself.)

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/katwise
    cool stuff.

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    can you use the fabric to crochet rugs with???

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    yep. I think someone put a link up recently, but I didn't save it.

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    Check with your local Goodwill if you have them. Ours takes in "junk" clothing and sells them to a company that recycles them into rags. The clothing can be in any condition.

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    our vet is always grateful when I take him towels-he goes thru alot of them. We live in a small town so he is a big and small animal vet, and uses bath and hand towels all the time.

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    Maggie, you are a very bad girl,I just went on this site and spent way to much money. What a great site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    Check with your local Goodwill if you have them. Ours takes in "junk" clothing and sells them to a company that recycles them into rags. The clothing can be in any condition.
    I've heard that most places like Goodwill sell unusable clothing, so it might be worth it to check it out. May in Jersey

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    wow, thanks for the link, that was cool

    Quote Originally Posted by hazeljane
    If you want to see amazing things made with recycled sweaters, check out one of my all time favorite artists. (I went insane and bought a coat from her last week. I just could not stop myself.)

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/katwise

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    If anyone wants to get really artsy (OK, I volunteered to do this with one of my children's science class with the help of an art teacher because I would never have thought of it on my own. Way too creative). Use the old cotton clothing to make rag paper. I can't remember exactly what we did anymore other than we used my blenders (I was given three of the cheap suckers for wedding presents. After 15 years, it was about time they were used and a great way to get a pretty new one :P ) I'm sure there are a lot of variations on this available out there in cyberland.

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