Clothes Recycling: Did you know that clothing is a part of the basic human necessities? Along with food and shelter, they are on the list of immediate basic needs of humans to survive.


Aside from it being a necessity, people also view it as an art form, sort of. That is what we would call “fashion”. People tend to spend lavishly on clothes because of this.


In fact, Statista ranked Australians as the number 1 money spender on clothes. That speaks a lot about how valuable clothes are for Australians. Naturally, the more new clothes they have, the more they won’t wear their new one. What do they then do with their old and worn-out clothes?


Can they recycle their old clothes? Answer: Yes, they can! Check out our related blog on recycling metal clothes hangers.


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With this in mind, let us continue with the blog on clothes recycling.


How Is Recycling Clothes Done?


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Recycling clothes is part of a more general process called textile recycling. The process involves recovering old, worn-out clothes for sorting and processing.


There are many end-products that you can get from recycling clothes! This includes items like pillow stuffing, car seat stuffing, cloth scraps, and rags.


Additionally, recycling clothing does not always equate to shredding it up and transforming it into something else.


You can either resell or donate them to other people, instead.


Let us first discuss recycling. Maybe you have clothes that you don’t want anymore, so why not resort to recycling?


According to Recyclenow, this is how you recycle clothes and textiles:


  • Do a little bit of research and find out if your local council collects clothes and textiles for recycling.
  • Drop them off at recycling points.
  • Donate them to charity.
  • Find textile companies who can arrange collections to help raise money for a cause.


Additionally, Planet Ark also gave some tips on how to dispose of and recycle your old clothes. Here are they:


  • Create your own cleaning rags.
  • Transform old towels and blankets into pet bedding for your cat or dog.
  • Swap with your friends and family.
  • Cut up garments made from natural fibres into small pieces or strips and place them in your compost bin.
  • Make new garments out of the old if you’re handy with a sewing machine and have an eye for design, or better yet, teach yourself how!


Companies That Collect And Recycle Clothes In Australia


If you are looking for companies who collect and recycle clothes, let me enumerate some for you.


Australian Clothing Recyclers – they are a commercial recycling company. In general, they specialise in recycling clothing, shoes, bags, and other textiles to zero waste management.  They collect items such as wearable clothing, pillowcases, blankets, shoes, handbags, crockery, glassware, kitchenware, and many other items. They also pride themselves in helping local community projects and charities. Additionally, they implemented a no plastic bag policy, which is nice to know.


King Cotton – their slogan, “helping keep Australia CLEAN and GREEN”, proves to be true up to this day. Since 1980, King Cotton Australia managed to collect approximately 200,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles, diverting them from landfill. They are a resource recovery company that collects clothing and textile materials. 95 per cent of their collected textile ends up being reused and worn in third world countries.


Clothing Cleanup – if you have unwanted clothes, why not give them up to Clothing Cleanup? Now, why should you use them? According to Clothing Cleanup “Australians dispose of 600 kgs of clothing every minute, which is equal to the weight of almost 8 people. This makes us the second-largest consumer of textiles in the world. Only 15 per cent of all unwanted clothes are given a new life or recycled properly, meaning the majority is thrown away to landfill. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint. Using our Clothing Cleanup service, we can together reduce the amount of textile waste that gets sent to landfill every year”.


Clothes Recycling: What About Damaged Clothing?


Would you be able to recycle damaged clothing like the non-damaged ones?


Yes, you can. In fact, they’re as recyclable as new ones! Additionally, according to Bustle, you can repurpose them as rags, donate them to an animal shelter, turn them into arts + crafts projects, and even compost them.


Clothes Recycling: Upcycling Clothes


Aside from recycling, you can also upcycle them.


What do I mean by upcycling? Well, upcycling means reusing a material while retaining its quality. Additionally, it differs from recycling. Recycling means turning materials back into a new version of the same product while upcycling is used to make a new product entirely.


For example, you can patch up your old, worn-out t-shirts and upcycle them into shopping bags.


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Instead of disposing of old, worn-out clothes in a landfill, we should instead find ways on how to recycle, reuse, or repurpose them.


Waster: Make Waste Management And Recycling Fashionable


Make it a habit and become more conscious of the environment! Just like clothes, we can make waste management and recycling a “fashion” statement. In today’s age, whatever trends there are, almost everyone is sure to follow.


In this case, we will continue to advocate the importance of waste management and recycling.


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