How Not Recycling Old Clothes Can Hurt The Environment

Danes may think they donate all of their used clothes, but only 15 percent of textiles are reused. That means a lot of fabric ends up in landfills. Maybe you’ve done this yourself. You have clothing you want to get rid of. You sort out the stuff to donate. And the stuff that is just […]

Danes may think they donate all of their used clothes, but only 15 percent of textiles are reused. That means a lot of fabric ends up in landfills.

Maybe you’ve done this yourself. You have clothing you want to get rid of. You sort out the stuff to donate. And the stuff that is just ratty beyond belief, well, you just toss it. Bret Jaspers, from member station in Copenhagen, reports that that might not be the best strategy if you care about the planet.

BRET JASPERS, BYLINE: Sara wants her clothes to have a second chance, or in this case, her husband’s clothes. These are destined for a clothing drop box.

SARA: We’ve got some polo shirts. They’re not in terrible condition. Like, the fabric might be a little faded. Some of the hems of the jeans have been worn. But some people that wouldn’t bother – or they could hem it up if they wanted.

JASPERS: But there are clothes she doesn’t donate.

SARA: And I’m honestly not sure the best way to get rid of ratty old clothes. Like, if it’s old gym clothes with holes in them, like, I don’t know how to recycle those. So they usually end up going in the garbage.

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