According to the Salvation Army we, in the UK, consign 700,000 tonnes of
textiles and 100 million pairs of shoes to landfills every year.
They add that this is the equivalent of a staggering 1½ billion
gallons of oil in raw materials and energy required to manufacture
them. The "Sally" Army are one of the largest
recyclers of textiles in the UK, operating since 1991. You'll find their recycle bins
at many of the nation's recycle centres (there are 1,700 of them). They
grade materials and use the textiles in
||Charitable - reasonable quality
materials are used in
disaster relief or sold through charity shops.
||Rough Uses - insulation materials,
fabric-based wipes, stuffing for upholstery.
||Raw Materials - Fibres are pulled to
produce new fibres for new clothes, blankets, carpets,
Other places you can take unwanted clothes, blankets, shoes,
etc. are obviously the numerous charity shops to be found in most
of our High Streets. There are also countless jumble sales and
car-boot sales where much of the thrown-away textiles may be
effectively "recycled" by being sold to people who would