Ask Renee: What do you do with really, really, really old shoes? 

A textile question

Old Rags Into New Cloth- Salvage in Britain, April 1942. Women sit on upturned baskets and cut salvaged clothes and rags into pieces in the warehouse of a salvage depot, somewhere in Britain. Behind them a large pile of uncut material awaits their attention, and at their feet, a growing pile of already-cut rags can be seen. - MINISTRY OF INFORMATION PHOTO DIVISION PHOTOGRAPHER, STONE RICHARD, VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Old Rags Into New Cloth- Salvage in Britain, April 1942. Women sit on upturned baskets and cut salvaged clothes and rags into pieces in the warehouse of a salvage depot, somewhere in Britain. Behind them a large pile of uncut material awaits their attention, and at their feet, a growing pile of already-cut rags can be seen.
  • Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer, Stone Richard, via Wikimedia Commons

Where do you recycle worn out shoes/clothing/linens that are too far gone to donate?

Nadine

Nadine,

At the moment, I don’t know of anyone who is actually recycling (vs. reusing or repurposing) textiles, so I would still donate them and let the donation center decide what is too far gone. You may contact a local animal shelter to see if they could use old linens, or a painter who could use them as drop clothes.


Piece out,

Renee  

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