Every year, there's a long sigh as men look at Father's Day gifts they have no intention of using or even wanting. If the initial reaction isn't an eye roll, it's an appreciative smile while saying in their heads, "She meant well."
To be fair, some guys are difficult to shop for so it's easier to go for the everyday items, such as socks, ties, dress shirts or sports paraphernalia. But there comes a point when a man can only get a gift so many times before he daydreams about throwing it in the trash.
Before making that drastic leap of throwing away perfectly good clothes, shoes and other textiles, remember the number 85. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling and composting prevented 85 million tons of material from being disposed of in 2010, an increase from 18 million tons in 1980. Excluding electronics and food waste, textiles are one of the easiest items to recycle or reuse (approximately 14.4 percent of clothing and footwear and 17.8 percent of items, such as sheets and pillowcases, were recovered from landfills in 2012).
Of course there's nothing wrong with donating to organizations that will reuse or recycle clothing, but what about trying to make better use of your own old (or new) textiles before then?
Click the photo gallery above for recycling ideas.
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