Recycling Textiles

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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

Recycling clothes

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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