As I throw out the umpteenth stained, faded, T-shirt, I wonder what people touting saving the planet by keeping old clothes out of landfills are thinking.
I know that I’m supposed to pass on gently used clothing to those less fortunate (and I do), but in actuality, the majority of the clothes my kids wear have been passed down from friends who themselves got the clothes from the thrift shop. My husband and I buy new, but tend to keep the same clothes for many, many years. I buy one pair of jeans a year. Really. Is it then OK to throw away the clothes if they are beyond what any reasonable person would actually wear?
I know there are lots of great projects to be made from old clothes — but the you noticed the they are all made from vintage cottons, airy linens, or soft felted wools? I don’t know about anyone else, but the closets at our house are filled with jeans and T-shirts — with a good measure of jersey dresses and pants in my daughter’s wardrobe. I have yet to see attractive “reduce-reuse-recycle” projects from old T-shirts and saggy cotton sweaters.
I am saving all our jeans to make a rag rug or something, but at a rate of one or two adult pairs a year, and the occasional kid’s pair, the landfill will never miss what I’m not adding to it. Oh, and how many T-shirts as rags can one household use? Hubby’s Army undershirts alone have given us a lifetime supply of boot polishing, furniture waxing, general dusting, cleaning, wiping up, rags. Add the kids’ dingy, worn-out knit clothes to that and I’d have to get a bigger house just to store the rags.
Am I missing something?