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But this is the post that caught my associate’s attention or perhaps a fashion savvy friend of his: NYC To Pioneer Clothing Recycling Come September:

“There are two things an NYC resident can do with their unwanted clothes: put it in a garbage bag and drag it through the subways and streets of New York City to the nearest Goodwill, or just relieve themselves of the back-breaking task by chucking them into the garbage can. Unfortunately, most of us opt for the latter. There was never an easy alternative to conserve the constant cycle of fashion and trends for the big city — until now.

The Associated Press reported Friday on a solution — no, near miracle to our landfill-clogging vice. Starting in September,  New York City will launch one of the largest textile recycling initiatives in the nation…

… Officials say that if New York’s campaign is successful, it could lead to a nationwide movement to recycle clothing.”

I am sure there are many, many ways to recycle clothing in New York – as well as in Sonoma County. That important detail aside, any nationwide movement to expand clothing reuse and recycling is very welcome.

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  1. ML Carle

    I go to Goodwill to get clothes for my granddaughter. Little kids seldom wear out clothing. There are some great bargains there – a perfect Levi jacket that had cost 30 or 40 dollars for two dollars, etc. I will bring that jacket back to Goodwill as soon as she outgrows it. But what about all the clothes I reject for stains or ugliness? What happens to them? 100% pure rag paper? Compost?

    July 6th, 2010 12:23 pm

  2. livinggreen

    Thanks for the note, ML. I assume Goodwill sells stained and ugly clothing especially cotton goods as rags. But I don’t know for sure. Perhaps someone can tell us… Otherwise I will give them a call next week…

    July 6th, 2010 10:32 pm

  3. jenni

    Another way is to give the clothes to any business that teaches Sewing. They can cut them in any size to make stuff out of them..Examples…quilts,pillows cases,towels with a trim,patches and so on. It would be a great way of Recycling and Teaching at the same time. Personally, I hope the plan works…will wait to see….

    August 21st, 2010 3:20 pm

  4. Kristin Holden

    I’m the co-owner of a new business called Worth WeeCycling – Children’s & Maternity Consignment Sale Events. Our first event is September 10-12 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. One of our goals for this business is to keep items out of landfills. Kids’ grow out of their clothing and gear so quickly that it is outgrown before it is worn-out. By consigning clothing, toys, gear, furniture, books, maternity items, and more, these items are reused instead of being thrown out. Another positive aspect of consigning is that parents can make cash – up to 75% – on their items and buy items at a fraction of retail prices. Finally, by shopping with Worth WeeCycling, you are supporting a community focused local, family-owned business.

    August 23rd, 2010 9:18 pm

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