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Can I recycle textiles?
Yes. You can recycle all kinds of textiles at recycling banks and centres.
How should I recycle textiles?
Textiles made from both natural and man-made fibres can be recycled.
- Textiles include: curtains, bedding, towels, handbags, cloths, rugs and mats.
- Make sure the items are clean.
What else can I do with them?
Donating to charity
Textiles that are in a reasonable condition can be donated to charity shops in the following ways:
- Take them to a local charity shop yourself. Charities like Oxfam, Save The Children, Barnado's, Age Concern and Cancer Research have chains of high street shops.
- Put them in a textiles bank provided by charities like Oxfam, The Salvation Army and Scope. You can find these at supermarkets
Re-use your textiles
- Patterned fabrics can be used to make blankets, cushion covers or handbags!
- Textiles made solely of natural fibres (eg. cotton or wool) can be added to your compost. Cut into small pieces, and add them gradually
- Keep an old blanket in your car for picnics, beach trips or emergencies
- Soft textiles can be used to line a dog or cat bed
- Create a home-made exercise mat out of old blankets
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