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Textile facts

Almost anything made of fabric can be Reused if they are
in good condition or Recycled into new products
if they are damaged.

Items include:

  • Clothes
  • Shoes (in pairs)
  • Soft toys
  • Bags and belts
  • Towels
  • Sheets, duvet covers and blankets
  • Pillows and cushions
  • Curtains

 

Why should I recycle textiles?

 

  • Help people in need - Clothing that can still be worn can be donated to charity shops. 
  • Reduce environmental pollution – Textiles that are thrown in the bin are sent to landfill sites.  Here, they can produce toxins which pollute the water we drink and the air we breathe.
  • Save resources -  Recycling wearable clothes lowers the amount of resources that go into making new ones. If your unwanted pair of jeans goes on to be worn by someone else, less land, water and fertiliser has to be used in cotton growing.
  • Save energy - It takes significantly less energy to produce new products from Recycled textiles than it does from raw materials.
  • Increase your bedroom space - Sorting through your textiles and Recycling those you no longer want or need can create space and help you to keep your room tidy.

Did you know...?

  • Textiles and shoes make up 12% of landfill sites

  • In 1 year, discarded clothing would fill Wembley Stadium

  • The UK produces around 1 million tonnes of textile waste a year

  • Currently over 700,000 tonnes of recyclable textiles are landfilled in the UK each year, at least 50% of these could be recycled.