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Clothes, Fabric, Textiles, & Rags

Clothes, Fabric, Textiles, & Rags
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Instructions

If clothing is in good condition, donate to them thrift stores.

If it is not suitable for reuse or reselling, call thrift stores to ask if they accept textiles; answers may vary depending on the location. If they do accept textiles for recycling, place items in a closed bag clearly labeled "textiles."

The Berkeley Recycling Center accepts clothes. They must be clean and dry, and dropped off in tied plastic bags.

Alternatives

In general, buy fewer clothes. Prioritize quality over quantity and buy second-hand instead of new, if possible. Host a clothing swap, or resell your clothes at a local second-hand boutique or consignment store. The better the quality of the item, the better its resale value, and the longer its lifespan, whether it's in your closet or someone else's.

Facts

Many Salvation Army stores, Goodwill stores, St. Vincent De Paul stores, and I:CO drop-boxes (in commercial businesses) accept clothes, fabric, and textiles.

If the materials are 100% cotton, silk, or wool, they can be composted, if cut into narrow (2") strips. Larger pieces may not compost well. Any blended fabrics should NOT be composted.

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