How to recycle old bedlinen and towels

Fancy a change of pattern or colour for your bedlinen and towels? Or have they just seen better days and just need replacing? Either way, here’s what you can do with them to keep them out of landfill.

February 24, 2022

When you are getting rid of textiles in your home, always try to donate, repurpose, or recycle them. Millions of tons of bed linen and towels end up in landfill every year across the globe.  

Donate your bedlinen and towels

Charity shops will always welcome items in good condition. To make sure they are good enough for donation, always follow this golden rule: If you would give them to friends or family, then they are ideal for donation; if not, don’t donate. You are simply passing the responsibility of disposing of unwanted items on to someone else.  

Repurpose sheets, towels and blankets

You can keep old sheets, towels and blankets out of landfill for as long as possible and reduce your consumption of other resources by repurposing them for other uses.

  • Old towels and blankets are often needed by animal shelters or vets as bedding. Contact your local shelter or vet to see if they would be able to use them. 
  • Save the sheets so your kids can create a cubby at home or use them to cover your table when you are making craft projects.  
  • Cut your towels into smaller squares and use them as cleaning cloths around your home.
  • Old towels, sheets and other textiles are often appreciated by mechanics who can use them as rags. Contact your local mechanic to see if they would like them.

Recycle old sheets and towels at Sheridan outlets

Sheridan have created a recycling collection point in all Sheridan Boutique and Outlet stores.

The program diverts old sheets and towels of any brand from landfill to be made into recycled yarn that is repurposed into new products. Any fibres that are unable to be converted still find a second life as things such as insulation. 

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