A/V Fridays — How Much Clothing Do You Throw Away?

Posted on April 29, 2011 by Courtney


  1. Is this really accurate? I haven’t thrown away clothing in years. We sometimes drop off stuff we don’t wear any more to the mission store in town. My wife doesn’t even really trash clothing.

    My mom, when we were kids, would cut up my dad’s worn out undershirts to use as dust rags.

    April 29th, 2011 at 8:18 am
    Comment by Jacob
  2. I would be surprised to learn that my household (two humans, too many furfolk) HAD 177 pounds of textiles.

    Well, maybe it does right now, as a friend who moved away gave me her fabric stash, which is about the same size as what I already had … but I can state unequivocally that absolutely none of that will be thrown away — at least not by us! If we don’t use it, we’ll give it away to other people who will.

    There are braided rugs and rags in my future, which usually takes care of the clothing that goes to holes. When I had a fitted sheet disintegrate recently, I turned its matching top sheet into an underdress for re-enacting. So soft!

    April 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    Comment by Stefka
  3. I don’t think I’m buying this one. Like Stefka said, I’m not sure we have 177 lbs. of textiles. Maybe if we include upholstery fabrics on furniture and in our cars. The last time I threw any textile products away would probably have been socks and underwear, years ago.

    I don’t even weigh 177 lbs.

    April 30th, 2011 at 10:19 am
    Comment by mickey
  4. Clothes I no longer want go to Goodwill. Clothes that are too worn to donate become garden clothes. When no longer wearable, they become rags. It’s hard to believe anyone would throw away clothes, but take a look at dorm dumpsters the day after school ends for the season – all kinds of perfectly good things are trashed simply because kids and their parents don’t want to cart them home. Unbelievable.

    May 1st, 2011 at 9:09 am
    Comment by Abby
  5. Generally I throw nothing clothes wise away. I reuses my t shirts for everything from rags to lining my pots for plants. Jeans are too good for the garbage, so I re-use them for a lot of things as well Old leather jackets become new upholstered chairs. And being the fashion plate y’all know I am, I keep repairing jackets and such until I look homeless. Anything too good for reuse goes to the thrift stores!

    May 1st, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    Comment by Rob

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Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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