#TipTuesday: Explaining Textile Recycling Terms
This #Tiptues, We provide context on some common clothing recycling terms.
REDUCE: Cut down the amount of clothing you buy. This is the first step to send less to our landfills.
Before you buy a new garment, ask yourself how many times you’ll wear it, or if you already have something similar in your closet.
Also consider buying clothes secondhand, or from consignment shops.
REUSE: Prolong the life of your garments in decent condition.
If you decide to keep the clothes, challenge yourself to find unique ways to style it, or pair it differently.
If you decide you don’t want your clothes anymore, give it to family or friends, attend a clothing swap, consign it, etc. Ultimately, find ways for other people to use it.
RECYCLE: Make sure unwanted garments don’t go to the landfills by reprocessing clothing (if it’s too-far-gone), textile materials and scraps. This could look like upcycling or downcycling (see below).
UPCYCLE: Add value, or creatively reuse a garment. For example, turn severely ripped jeans into shorts, transform your sweater into a pillowcase, make a headband out of your t-shirt… be creative and have fun with it!
DOWNCYCLE: Diminish the value of a product. This could look like a torn garment becoming a rag, home insulation, pillow stuffing… you name it!