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Hi there
Just wondering what you do with old clothes that aren’t good enough for the charity shop?  I have things like…....clothes I’ve used for decorating, maternity clothes whixh are literally threadbare, t-shirts with bombproof grease stains…...inherited nursing bras which are no longer elastic…..
There are only so many cleaning cloths and washable wipes a family needs…...

But I don’t like just sending them of to landfill.  I remember as a child (we’re talking 70s / early 80s) my mum drove a car load of jumble which hadn’t sold at the school jumble sale to a paper mill to be turned into low grade paper, but I’ve not been able to find anything similar…...

Any ideas?
Ta, x

You could cut up the clothes into strips and make a rag rug or something.

Cut little squares out between the paint blobs, grease stains and thread bare bits, and make a patchwork blanket or a doll? Or little people for the season table, or cocoon babies (one of Arwen_Tiw’s creations)
Would any of them do for dressing up clothes? Paint blobs= decorater smile

put them into a textiles bank where they are graded.

Decent stuff is sold for charity or made into new fabrics
next down is made into cloths for industry
bottom of the pile is made into stuffings for furniture etc

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Some local charity shops also do the same as SC’s pointed out. Our local primary school also does textile bags which they earn cash for the school funds off. 


Thanks folks - I did wonder, SC, whether they did that - but worried that they didn’t coz it so often specifies ‘clean’ clothes.

TBH, I am trying to clear stuff out - so not up for too much crafting - although you’ve got me thinking now…..  ANd could someone point me in the direction of how to make cocoon babies? Ta, x

I was at a recycling conference a couple of months ago, and they said that with the charity clothes bins, unwearable stuff will be bagged up and sold to companies for use as fillers etc. so the charity makes money out of it, and it gets recycled too - win-win smile

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I was at a goveners meeting last night and was told that we are about to have a permanent textile bin installed at school.  wooo hooo


If your local shop is NOT making money off “ragged & torn clothes” then teach them how to use textile bags so they can turn this into an additional way to make money and help those less fortunate.  This will have a larger impact than just modifying your habits.  It can positively effect textile waste for that local community too!

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