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Eight Insane Facts About Textile Recycling 

Waste not Want Not? I often get questions about how to re-purpose clothes that are too worn to be used again…. but there are MANY OTHER uses.   Here are a few basic ideas for the ripped / destroyed clothes

  1. QUILTS– cut out squares of the material, or the logo / school name and use again.
  2. Make a shopping bag. Put two tee shirts together- cut out the neckline with a deep U shape, and sleeves and sew the bottom end shut the Shoulders will be your handles and the bag will be great for groceries and soft for vegetables. And best of all, washable.
  3. Rags. You know how to do this.
  4. Stuff a pillow case with worn out clothes and use a s a dog / cat bed. Easy to re-stuff, and wash.
  5. RE-sew an item. For example: Cut a ripped man’s shirt down, and make a cute skirt for a little girl, keeping the buttons and pocket, adding an elastic waist. Make a stuffed toy, or a cloth piggy, like Ms. Oink.
  6. Contact a re-cycler. In the Bay Area we have a wonderful group: SCRAP. They gather materials to reuse, and give them away for free to TEACHERS, and sell them for a small about to consumers.

You will also be interested in these 8 Insane Facts About Textile Recycling posted by USAgain on their blog.  Great motivation to RE-USE.

No matter what side of the Atlantic you represent, the extent of personal textile waste is staggering. One battle that both Brits and Americans are losing is the battle against textile waste. Here’s why:

  1. The average lifetime of a piece of clothing is only about 3 years.
  2. The consumer is the biggest culprit. In the U.S., 75% of pre-consumer textile waste is recycled by manufacturers, but only 15% of post-consumer textile waste is recycled.
  3. The average American throws away about 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and other household textiles each year.
  4. Americans generate almost 13 million tons of textile waste per year.  Brits generate about 1.12 million tons of textile waste a year.
  5. Even though the UK appears to generate less textile waste, One in five Brits admit to throwing away a garment after a single wear. This means that more than $127 million of clothing winds up in landfills each year after being worn once. (One in five Brits also think that light sabers exist.)
  6. One in four American women own seven pairs of jeans, but only wear four of them regularly. (One in Four Americans also don’t know what nation the U.S. declared independence from.)
  7. The U.S. textile recycling industry creates around 17,000 jobs and removes 2.5 billion pounds of post consumer textile product from waste stream each year.
  8. Over 70% of the world’s population uses secondhand clothes.

By placing drop boxes for used clothes across the country, USAgain has saved over 480 million items of clothing from landfills, and they aren’t stopping there.

Make a change in your own life by depositing reusable clothes, shoes and household textile in a USAgain dropbox near you.

SCRAP – a clearinghouse for Materials

Get Creative! Be an ARTIST. Donate materials.

Scrap accepts Dolllars! and they also accept materials that may be reused!

Imagine….not in the landfill, not thrown out… but put to a GREAT CREATIVE use.

You can also donate in person or come by and see this great organization in action!


801 Toland St., enter on Newcomb

San Francisco, CA 94124

SCRAP: What Treasure Will You find?

Donations of quality re-usable materials such as textiles, buttons, paper, craft and office supplies, plastics, and wood are collected from businesses, institutions, and individuals then sorted and made available to teachers, parents, artists, and organizations.

The community depends on SCRAP as the place to find all manner of materials for educational programs, creative projects, and their classrooms. By offering low cost supplies, creative reuse workshops, volunteer opportunities, educational field trips, art exhibitions, and more SCRAP gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn and pass on the value of creative reuse. Scrap is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization.


LOOK on Flickr to see some amazing and creative SCRAP projects. They help artists create their vision, they help businesses and residents recycle. Check out SCRAP!!

Bike Event in SF – April 7

Take a ride and visit two of San Francisco’s most inspirational and iconic non-profit institutions, SCRAP and Building REsources. This event is Free for SF Bicycle Coalition members (a $5 donation from non-members is suggested); rain cancels rides. You can sign up on EVENTBRITE.

Scrap Resource

SCRAP (Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts) is a creative group that specializes in REUSE and workshop space, diverting materials from the landfill into the hands of artists, teachers, nonprofits and general public. We’ll visit SCRAP’s 5,000 square foot facility and see textiles, buttons, paper, craft, toys, frames, office supplies and more. We’ll also hear about creative reuse workshops, field trips, materials give-aways and outreach activities they host to inspire creativity, educate about reuse and support educators.

Building REsources is San Francisco’s best source for reusable, recycled and re-manufactured building and landscaping materials. We will wander BR’s acre and a half of well organized, inspirational and occasionally amazing finds, including lumber, doors, bathtubs, lighting, furniture and tiles, as well as see many projects by the talented staff working there.

Workspace Gallery
2150 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

ABOUT San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
Through day-to-day advocacy, education, and working partnerships with government and community agencies, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is dedicated to creating safer streets and more livable communities for all San Franciscans.
Our active 12,000 members represent San Franciscans of all ages, from all neighborhoods, who are working towards more safe, efficient, and green ways to move around our city. The SF Bicycle Coalition is the largest city-based bicycle advocacy group in the nation and one of the largest membership-based groups in San Francisco.

There many classes and events on bike safety and getting around SF. This is a great group to enhance your two-wheeled fun! The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition promotes the bicycle for everyday transportation.

Aquarium of the Bay Event Dec 15

Did you know that the amount of household garbage in the United States increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day?

Aquarirum of the BAYOn Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., join Aquarium of the Bay, for Rejoice, Reuse, Recycle!

This is a GREAT green holiday craft event at a spectacular local Aquarium. This beautiful aquarium is a wonderful place to learn, explore and enjoy the ocean and the many ocean animals.

Aquarium of the Bay will be partnering with SCRAP, a non-profit creative reuse center who will donate material for guests to make their own green holiday crafts.

  • Create your own holiday centerpieces made out of recycled and reusable materials.
  • Chat with Aquarium naturalists for even more ideas on how to be green and reduce your impact during the holidays.
  • Artist Nicole Chan will be on site creating a five foot sculpture made from recycled plastic bags and undaria (an invasive kelp species) pulled out of the bay.
  • Everyone that creates a piece during the event will receive a 20% discount in the Aquarium’s retail shop.

Everyone can do their part to help reduce the amount of waste produced during the holidays. Whether you’re trying to save green in your wallet or just trying to be green this holiday season, Aquarium of the Bay is your go-to resource on how to have a greener holiday.

Rejoice, Reuse, Recycle! is free with Aquarium admission. For more information, visit www.aquariumofthebay.org.

Our oceans can always use your love and attention.  For more information, check out these articles.