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April 06, 2011


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Gail Brice

Hey, Mr. Green -

Thanks for your comment about The Carpet Recyclers. Besides diverting carpet from landfills, as carpet is oil-based carpet recycling also saves oil and reduces greenhouse gases and creates green jobs. In the U.S. over 4 BILLION pounds of carpet is disposed annually - 3.5% of all waste disposed! This wastes 9 million barrels of oil and emits over 40 metric ton carbon equivalent of greenhouse gases. Thousands of green jobs are being created by carpet recycling companies.

When buying carpet, consumers should ask what will happen to their old carpet that is pulled out during installation. If it's going to landfill you may want to find another place to buy your carpet (especially in California where in July a 5 cents per square yard will be charge to consumers to promote carpet recycling).

The Carpet Recyclers is now just in California www.TheCarpetRecyclers.com but other carpet recyclers across the U.S. can be found on the Carpet America Recovery Effort website at www.carpetrecovery.org

Gail Brice, The Carpet Recyclers

N. Khan

Best to give them to charities that focus on third world countries. Many such charities have low overheads and have a narrow focus.

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Robin B.

I'm surprised Mr. Green didn't mention the simplest way to deal with worn out clothes - put them in your compost pile. 100% cotton fabric can be composted. Cut up old jeans, t-shirts, and undies and bury them in the pile. Just make sure you remove elastic waistbands and avoid jeans with spandex. Some areas also have textile recyclers. For years, US bills were made with cotton recovered from Levi's 501 jeans.


This is the first time I heard about Carpet Recyclers. I didn't know that carpets could be recycled. Thanks for the info!


Some jeans are recyled and made into house insulations which is a good thing. Donating our clothes is really a great way to help others and the environment. Fantastic post you have here!

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I will donate them to those who need them.


Thank you my friend :) I will come back to read more from you!

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It's crazy to think about how much stuff really just gest thrown out. We need to send this stuff on a rocketship into the sun. take care of it real quick


It would be a serious waste to just throw things out once they're old. Recycling is the only way we can be sustainable, especially in the current age of high consumption.

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We always give our old clothing to our local charities. There are many out there who are in need of clothing, shoes, winter coats, etc. These are the people who should be getting these types of items.

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I've always found old clothes make excellent rags if they are too ratty or torn up to be donated to places like Good Will. You can wash them and use them over and over again so you don't have to waste paper towels or something else that might find it's way into the garbage and eventually the landfill.


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Really good article. I didn't know carpet
was recycled. I give all old clothes to


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Keep posting good quality articles like this one! I will be back here..


Awesome post, keep up the good work, I'll come back for more..!


Very Useful post, I didn't know that, keep up the good work!

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70 pounds of dumped textiles, that is a staggering amount,we have to stop being lazy and see if we can reuse these textiles rather than just taking the easy option of dumping them. Thanks for raising my awareness.

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Fantastic!Donating clothes if obviously good one instead of just dumping away the old clothes.Notonly in US but very often in many countries clothes and carpets are being disposed off.Carpets are oil-based products and by recycling carpets we can save our resources and reduce green house effect.Recycling not only provides jobs for people but also save our resources that can be utilised for future use....

Diane Walker

I either eBay old clothing or donate it to the Salvation Army. Our city also has big yellow bins around that are for clothes that are too ratty for anyone to wear. Like stated earlier, it gets turned into rags, etc. Great ideas, we don't need more things going in landfills.

Michael Ling

Friends of ours created an entire business out of recycling (and then liberally sand blasting and relabelling) jeans. It helped them go from a backyard shed company to $20M. Crazy stuff, but it just goes to show the financial and environmental value of recycling clothing.

Michael @ medical billing and coding salary

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If you gain a side benefit of becoming better prepared for school and life, well … so much the better!

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