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  1. This is so great to know; thank you! I know Goodwill does participate in some textile recycling, but somehow this seems like a slightly more sure way of ensuring that your jeans actually do get recycled.

    I know that when you’re dealing with most recyclables, it’s better to have them sorted, so I wonder if the same is true with textiles. Maybe your jeans are more valuable recycling material when they’re grouped with a bunch of other jeans, rather than mixed with oodles of other types of fabrics (as I imagine fabric recycling is at Goodwill.)

    • I would imagine that’s entirely true! Sorting it probably makes it easier. I think there’s some really depressing information going around about stuff at Goodwill getting trashed (I would guess that’s part of *any* recycling program). We have a children’s cancer charity that takes clothes and sells them for scraps/rags that we use too. I always kind of hold my breath that whenever we donate it actually ends up going/doing what we think it does! The real solution for me has been to buy less (kind of a duh moment!), but I’m trying to get rid of things in a thoughtful way.

  2. H&M is doing a textile recycling program right now – they take all clothes and ripped towels and sheets too. We got a handful of 15% off coupons for bringing in a large bag last weekend. I don’t know how long they will be doing that but I just found out a local thrift store has a recycling program as well, for anything that’s donated that isn’t saleable.

    • That’s great to know! Our H&M is a ways away, but I will have to check it out. Thank you!

      A near-by community has a huge recycling initiative — they take everything from wine corks to old textbooks. So that’s usually where we bring our scrap clothing (that doesn’t end up as tomato plant ties in our garden!), but I don’t blog about it because it’s helpful to no one since it’s local to our town. LOL

  3. I am so excited to read about this. I hang on to my jeans forever. This pair of New York and Company jeans I’m wearing right now are at least 15 years old, but a few pairs are beginning to tear in the knees. I would love to pass them for a greater purpose. Otherwise I typically toss them, because they are certainly not worthy of donation.

  4. I’ll definitely have to remember this. I have a bunch of old jeans that are boxed up just in case I gained the weight back. But now that I’m multiple pant sizes smaller, I think it’s safe to donate at least some of them. Now I just have to figure out where a J. Crew is. I don’t think I’ve seen one at any of the malls here, but maybe I just wasn’t paying attention.

  5. Jillian

    North Face will take clothes (and shoes!) for recycling – they have a bin in their stores and they are super nice about it. They will also give you a coupon – i cant remember how much its for, it might be for 10% off.

    H&M also takes clothes and will take fabric scraps, for anyone who sews. North Face wont take the scraps.

  6. YAY! I was seeing my jeans start to sprout holes in places I can’t be sporting holes and was wondering a) what to replace them with and b) how to responsibly dispose of them when they’re truly done. Thanks for doing the legwork!

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