30 Good ideas: Recycling textiles (in NYC)

Andrew Mellen 30 Ideas to Simplify Your Life in 30 Days 750x540“I would totally let this go if I only knew where it would end up … “

I believe you.

So for the next several days, I’m going to make this really easy for you.

Today we’ll start with textiles.

You may already know that they turn old jeans into insulation.

Or that there are hundreds of ways to recycle sweaters.

Here in NYC, you don’t have to that specific.

Grow NYC collects textiles and clothing at 26 NYC Greenmarkets including Union Square.

What They Accept:

Clean & dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36″ x 36″ or larger and other textiles. No rugs, carpeting or commercial waste. Your contribution to the program is tax deductible.

What happens to materials donated?

Textiles are sorted into different grades including usable clothing, cotton scrap, cotton blend scrap and synthetics. These commodities are then sold for reuse as clothing, linens, etc or to recycling markets that turn materials into wiping rags, fiber for car door panels and insulation.

Today’s challenge: set a timer for 60 seconds and settle into your breath, then …

If you live in NYC: set the timer for 15 minutes. Find the nearest greenmarket to your home by following this link. Then gather up all those fabrics and clothes you’ve been thinking of letting go of and put them in shopping bags. Then schedule a real appointment with your self to drop them off within the next week.

If you live outside NYC: set the timer for 15 minutes. Search online for the following search string: textile recycling [insert your zipcode here]. Then gather up all those fabrics and clothes you’ve been thinking of letting go of and put them in shopping bags. Then schedule a real appointment with your self to drop them off within the next week. If you own a car, take them to the trunk or back seat of your car and load them in now.

BONUS POINTS if you complete this challenge from start to finish within 24 hours.

2 thoughts on “30 Good ideas: Recycling textiles (in NYC)”

  1. I had been unsuccessful in trying to find a local deposit for recycling textiles that are too worn out to donate. That simple tip of searching for “textile recycling+ zip” worked like a charm! There’s a deposit bin less than 5min away from my house. Thanks!

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