Waste not…want not!
When we throw away our unused old clothing, we are creating greenhouse gases which in turn contributes to climate change.
Clothing that ends up in landfills around the world is increasing at alarming levels. It is a very important factor in the lives of our children so we should all make an effort.
Eleven year old Maddie has sent me another blog.
Recycling unwanted clothing
Even at her age she recognises the importance of recycling unwanted clothing.
“I would like to share a story from when I was younger.
My Nanna came over to my house and sewed a bunch of my old clothes that didn’t fit me anymore.
She made them into dresses and clothes for my dolls so that is a great example of what you can do to reuse old clothes.
Once every few months, you should go through your clothes to see which ones still fit, and which ones you can’t fix.
When you have gone through all your clothes, you probably will have a pile of them that don’t fit anymore, so you are going to have to decide what you want to do with all those clothes.
Let me tell you something that we do.
Every now and then we go down to the clothing bin and put our old clothes in them. Some charities will recycle these clothes for the children and people who don’t have the money to buy clothes, so that is a great way to recycle your clothing that does not fit you any more.
Some clothing bins recycle the clothes into rags and things for factories and some send them overseas.
Another thing you can do is take all your old clothes and turn them into a blanket, or into rags or use them for making doll’s clothes.
By doing these things you are helping yourself, and the planet and helping those in need.”
Nike reuse -a- shoe program
Did you know that Nike has a “reuse-a shoe” program, where they take worn out athletic shoes and grind them up and use them to create playgrounds, courts and more?
Cotton for composting
Not all clothing can be composted, but cotton that is 100% can be added to the compost heap. You can also use an old cotton t-shirt for weedmat.
That is another good way of recycling – but first remove any buttons or attachments before shredding finely. Your compost pile will be better for it.
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“Waste not want not” is a saying that is very familiar to older generations who still recycle as part of every day life.
I can remember taking glass bottles into the store for a refund, or saving money by renovating older furniture, bicycles and wearing hand me downs.
One of my favourite dresses as a teenager was one that my mother cut down and re-made to suit me.
It was one of my mother’s, mother’s dresses – (my Nanna’s dress ) before I got to enjoy it.
By reusing the fabric in old clothes means that less resources, both monetary and environmental are wasted in growing the fibre that is necessary to make new items of clothing.
“Re-use the past, recycle the present and save the future!”
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