December 2014

Three Ways to Prepare for the Holiday Giving Season

It's beginning to look a lot like gifts, gifts and more gifts! As we enter the season for abundant giving, we advise setting aside some time to prepare to be inundated with new clothes, holiday tea towels, bedding, coats and more. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to spend with family and friends, but also the perfect time to reuse and recycle textiles found in your home. We've come up with three ways, which you're certainly not limited to, to put your old textiles to great use:

  1. Recycle. If you are cleaning-up around the house for your annual holiday party and happen to come across old clothes, cloths, blankets and rags, instead of simply disposing of these garments, donate them to an area SMART bin and give these items a chance to be recycled and reused. Find out where SMART donation bins are located in your area by typing in your zip code in the "Find a Recycling Location" section on our website. All clothing and textiles in ANY condition that are clean and dry can be recycled.

  2. Restore. It is easy to toss items in the garbage, especially around the holidays. But that is no reason to trash your old towel set because you're getting a new one from Aunt Tina. Get crafty and restore that old towel set into a holiday decoration. While you're at it, make your old, ugly holiday sweater you never wear into a stocking or pillow cover for a friend. Or, keep it for yourself and wear it to an ugly sweater party!

  3. Reintroduce. Keep your pet warm this winter. Use old baby clothes or blankets and make sure Bella the dog has something to walk around the house in as the weather gets chilly. Don't have a pet? No problem, make one for a friend who does. Point being, there are numerous ways to reintroduce old textiles.

85 percent of clothing and textiles end up in a landfill, but 95 percent can be reused in some way. SMART encourages you to reuse, recycle and renew your clothing and textiles, and help divert millions of pounds of waste from our landfills. So, this holiday season, think twice about throwing your old clothes or textiles into the trash.

 


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