Textiles include much more than clothing. Bedding, curtains, towels, diaper bags, blankets, shoes, onesies, and even socks. Many organizations will take your babies textiles that you may consider unwearable. Like baby shirts, baby socks with holes, ripped up onesies, etc. But you can use them as pillow stuffing, wiping rags and even household insulation. The key is to get the word around your community.
Unfortunately, only 15% of textiles are donated for recycling or reuse in the United States. Part of these textiles are sold by charity organizations or dispensed out of the country as suitable clothing. Clothing that is ripped or torn is used as rags or recycled into threads. States like Connecticut disposes of close to 96,500 tons of textiles which costs Connecticut cities and taxpayers approximately $5.7 million in disposable fees. We can save costs in our communities, improve our economic value, and decrease environmental effects by recovering more textiles.
CONSIDER GENDER NEUTRAL TEXTILES
There are many benefits to using gender neutral textiles, one of them is it allows parents to use and reuse textiles for a boy or a girl. Most of our organic textiles are gender neutral which can help our climate by lowering the amount of energy we consume, and by helping save unnecessary costs to our communities.
GIVE TO AN EXPECTING FAMILY
Giving an expecting mother-baby textile is a great way to help keep our environment healthier and less pollutant. You can also spread the word about recycling baby textiles to help the less fortunate and to help keep our environment cleaner.
DONATE TEXTILES TO CHARITIES FOR BABIES
Many organizations will accept your babies’ textiles to help families who are in need. Charities for babies benefit significantly from reused textiles. With donations from people, these charities help families with supplies, treatments, encouragement and various forms of support.
About 50% of donated textiles are reused, and the other 50% are recycled. Approximately 60% of these textiles are exported to other countries around the world. About 80% of people wear used clothing. There are two types of textile recycling that include post-consumer which is vehicle upholstery, clothing, household items, and more. Pre-consumer includes scrap that was designed as a by-product from yarn and post-industrial scrap textiles from other manufacturers.
DROP OFF TO CURBSIDE RECYCLING BOX
This type of recycling has benefited many communities as people are putting more recycling boxes out to make recycling textiles more convenient. Plus, recycling textiles will decrease the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and facilities. It also helps preserve resources like water, minerals, and timber. Other benefits of recycling textiles include conserving energy, keeping our environment cleaner and helping the less fortunate.
Any ideas on how you will reuse your babies’ textiles?
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