Textile Recycling

Did you know 85% of textiles end up in landfills, even though 95% of textiles can be reused or recycled? That’s over 10 million tons of textiles thrown away annually! Luckily, you can make a difference. Textile recycling is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener lifestyle!

What are textiles?

Textiles include clothing, curtains, towels and other fabric materials.


Why should I recycle textiles?

As the above statistics emphasize, textiles are a huge course of waste in landfills. The average person discards 70 pounds of clothes in their lifetime! By recycling textiles you can reduce your carbon foot print and energy consumption, help preserve our clean air, and conserve water and woodland. In addition, textile recycling drives the economy: it creates jobs, funds charitable initiatives, provides revenue for recycling agencies (so they can increase their recycling capacities!), promotes small business, and provides affordable clothing opportunity.

Where do recycled textiles go?

45% of recycled textiles are simply reused as secondhand apparel. 30% become wiping and polishing cloths and 20% are reprocessed into fibers (the remaining 5% are unusable).  Checkout the Lifecycle of Rags and the Lifecycle of Secondhand Clothing.

Where can I recycle on campus?

Textiles are collected once per year on the Medford campus, at move-out each May. Large amounts of textiles (enough to fill one garbage bag or more) can be picked up at any time for recycling; please contact us at recycle@tufts.edu to schedule a pickup.

Textile recycling drop-off on campus is coming soon.

Where can I learn more about Textile Recycling?


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