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10/11/2018 12:42:56 PM

Worn, torn or stained, it's still not garbage.

Mismatched socks. This popular fad may drive you crazy, but this new fashion statement is actually good for the environment. Instead of throwing out a perfectly good sock because your dryer ate the other one, these trendsetters have created a fun way to reuse their mate-less socks.

Did you know?

The average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95 per cent of those clothes could be reused or recycled. Globally, textiles waste has increased dramatically due to the rise in clothing consumption and production.

Many items don't need to be thrown away. You can donate your gently used items to a number of reuse centres or you can “upcycle” them by making your items into something new.

When it comes to textiles, the possibilities are endless of what you can create. Just ask Crystal and Liam from Trash Theatre, who present Oct. 17 at Otterville library for waste reduction week. Learn how they transform junk into art and teach participants how to silk screen using recycled materials.

And even when your mix-and-match socks start growing holes, you don’t have to throw them in the garbage. All of those clothes you think may be too ratty to donate can be recycled right here in Oxford County. Bring them to the Diabetes Canada textiles bin at Oxford County Waste Management Facility. This week, County Public Works staff will also visit Tillsonburg Minor Hockey to pick up 300 jerseys—up to 200 lbs-- for donation to Diabetes Canada. These torn, worn or stained textiles are then sold to textile recyclers, who turn your waste into things like baseball stuffing, insulation and furniture stuffing.

Some reuse centres may also take your trash-worthy items, but call first to make sure. You can find a list of community donation centres here on page 18.

More uses for your trashy textiles

  • Your worn out sheets and towels can be cut into small cloths to replace paper towels.
  • Cut head and arm holes out of stained pillow cases to protect your kids clothes while they paint and do messy crafts.
  • A ripped or stained blanket won’t bother your dog. They make great crate liners or covers or use it to dry their wet paws. 


It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada, a year-round program, focused solely on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose this week is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. It’s an exciting week for Oxford County to highlight its progress and commitments to a sustainable future.

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