The average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year (shown here), according to EPA estimates. Most of these items could be reused or recycled.
These organizations can help you reduce your impact on the planet.
Clothes, shoes, linens, and more
Damaged clothes and linens aren’t garbage anymore. Up to 95 percent of clothes, shoes, and linens thrown in our garbage could have been reused or recycled. Thrift stores, drop boxes, and others will take all of your clothes, shoes, and linens for reuse or recycling – even damaged goods – in any condition except wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous material.
Seattle Public Utilities has partnered with King County to create the Threadcycle program, which helps decrease your impact on the planet by reusing or recycling your unwanted clothes, shoes, and linens. Worn-out, ripped, and mismatched items are now collected and turned into new products such as carpet padding, insulation, and wiping rags. Learn more about what happens to these items through Threadcycle.
Important: Don’t put clothes, shoes, linens, or other household fabrics in your recycling bin.
Clothing, shoes and personal accessories such as belts, purses, hats, gloves, scarves, luggage, and backpacks
Bedding, towels, linens, curtains, and tablecloths