The fashion industry accounts for about 10% of our global carbon emissions and 20% of its wastewater, not to mention the millions of microplastics shed into the ocean from washing machines.
Calculate your closet’s climate change impact by taking this short and fun survey.

Rethink:

Clothing and other textiles are primarily responsible for the presence of microplastics in the ocean (accounting for 35%, according to the poster below left). To make clothes last longer — and shed fewer microplastics into the environment — simply wear them longer before washing. The poster below right offers other tips to reduce microfiber pollution.

Another tip: Avoid using dryers as much as possible. All that tumbling around wears out the fibers faster,
Ultimately, limiting the amount of synthetic clothing that you buy and wear is key to solving this issue long-term.

Here are eight tips for giving socks a longer life.

Reuse:

A Zero Waste guide for where to give second-use clothing

A Zero Waste guide for where to buy/rent second-use clothing

To read about the pros and cons of various second-hand shopping online sites, go here.

This blog has plenty of ideas for reusing and upcycling old t-shirts.

Check with local thrift stores to donate gently used items.

Order a “Clean out Your Closet” kit from thredUP.

Last updated 6/30/21

Recycle:

Good and bad condition, damaged, torn, stained, and worn clothing, shoes, and fabrics. Nothing wet wet, moldy or having hazardous material traces.

  • Goodwill (Ace Hardware parking lot) – Open every day, 8:30am-5pm, or until the truck is full. Unwearable items may become wiping and polishing cloths or are turned into fibers for things like upholstery, insulation and furniture stuffing.
  • Northwest Center dropboxes – Located in Eagle Harbor Church parking lot, Via Rosa parking lot
  • H&M Clothing Store in Silverdale Mall. All textiles are welcome – any brand, any condition – even odd socks, worn-out T-shirts and old sheets. The textiles are then sent to the nearest recycling plant, where they’re sorted by hand. For every bag of textiles you drop off, you’ll receive a discount card for 15% off your next in-store purchase.
  • Northface – 520 Pike St., Seattle.  The items you drop into their bins are sent to a recycling center, where they are carefully sorted based on over 400 categories. They are then reused to extend their life or recycled into raw materials for use in products like insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys, and fibers for new clothing.
  • Marine Layer – 319 Pine St., Seattle.  Give them your old t-shirts and receive $5 credit up to $25. Clothing in the store is very environmentally friendly.

Compost (maybe?) :

If reuse or recycling is not possible, consider composting natural fabrics. Please read this very useful article first. NEVER put them in curbside or transfer station yard waste. However, if you have backyard composting, you may want to give it a try.

Last updated 6/29/21