Care for Creation Includes Clothing Recycling
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St. James Episcopal Church here on the island has a popular and traditional rummage sale the first Friday and Saturday of May and October every year. Many of you will be cleaning out your closets and dropping off good wearable clothing there, or in the St. Vincent de Paul bin behind Sacred Heart, or at one of many other donation centers downriver. But what will you do with clothing that has holes, stains, or tears? What about worn out sheets, blankets, or extra fabric from sewing projects? How about old shoes? These can all go to the nearby bright yellow “Planet Aid” bins so that some materials can be recycled into industrial rags, insulation or other products. Some items will go to local charities while much will go to other countries where individuals can earn a living by re-purposing fabric, zippers, and buttons to make rugs, clothing or other items.
The volume of clothing that we throw away has doubled in the past 20 years, from 7 million tons to 14 million tons, with only about 15% of clothing waste being reused or recycled. When you keep clothing and other fabrics out of the landfills you help reduce CO2 emissions (emitted from landfills and generated in the production of new fabric), reduce the land taken up by landfills, reduce the amount of insecticides and water used to make fabric, and save municipalities from the cost of collecting more trash.
“Planet Aid” bins are nearby just off the county free bridge. One is on the south side of Riviera Market on the SW corner of Jefferson and Van Horn and another is at the gas station on Jefferson just north of the free bridge.
FUN FACT: Did you know old blue jeans can be recycled into insulation for your home and the soles of sneakers can be recycled into sports fields?
Recycling questions or ideas, please contact Pat Bennett, 734-676-9488, or any other parish council member.