You’ve just had the best sleep of your life on your brand new bed sheets—brownie points if they’re CleanBamboo™ —and now you won’t dare sleep on your nasty old cotton sheets. But what to do with them now?
In 2017, the EPA estimated that 990,000 tons of towels, sheets and pillowcases were discarded in landfills—we can only imagine Mother Earth is dialling 911. That’s why ettitude HQ came up with 5 ways you can repurpose, reuse and recycle your old bedding, keeping it out of our landfills.
Recycling – close the loop
This one may take some research—if you consider a quick google search research—but is a great way to give a second life to your bedding. Recycling sheets refers to converting the fabric back into a fiber that can be reused in a new textile. This practice is actually nothing new dating back to the 18th century when the Napoleonic Wars caused raw material shortages and required wool fibers to be broken down into new yarns. These days, it’s more common than you may think with fashion giants like H&M and Zara accepting used items in-store to be recycled. A quick Google search can point to your nearest bedsheets recycling facility.
Donation – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure
It’s just as the saying goes—while you may no longer have a need for your bedding, someone else may. At ettitude, we donate our returned and pre-loved goods to homeless and animal shelters. We can’t think of a more heart-warming way to put those old sheets to good use. Check with your local homeless shelter before donating, as many only accept new sheets. If they don’t, animal shelters are always looking for used bedding to help keep shelter pets cozy.
Reuse or repurpose
We may not currently be able to go out to the cinema, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the full cineplex experience. Pin your old sheet up to your wall and grab the popcorn—you now have an in-home theater to view your favorite flick, or reminisce over a slideshow of photos from travels past.
Alternatively, take someone you love on a picnic using your old sheets for your blanket. If you don’t have a backyard or front lawn, your living room can do the trick. Push your furniture to the side and create an open space for your special night. Who said adults can’t enjoy a good pillow fort?
DIY – time to get creative
In these current times, we could use an extra home DIY project—and old sheets make the perfect canvas for your imagination to run wild. Use your old sheets as your artistic medium and experiment with tie-dye patterns. Transform your worn-out sheet into a groovy tapestry for your home. If your sheet isn’t tie-dye-able, you can still bust out some paints and leave your own creative mark on them.
Source: Rit Dye
Craft for a cause
2020 has been a harrowing year, but through each crisis we’ve seen human kindness and ingenuity shine light through the darkness. One of our customers shared a touching story of how she used her preloved ettitude bedding to help affected wildlife during the 2020 Australian Bushfire Crisis. After discovering that ARC (Australian Rescue Cooperative) was calling for craft items made with 100% natural fabrics for bushfire affected animals, Marie sewed her used CleanBamboo™ bedding into joey pouches, pet beds, kangaroo and wallaby bags. We encourage looking up your local craft for a cause group on Facebook– even if you aren’t savvy with a sewing machine, many of these groups are looking for spare fabrics.
As coronavirus continues to spread, governments are recommending staying home as the best option to protect yourself and prevent the spread, and the CDC confirms that DIY face masks made from common household items can offer protection and help save the medical grade supply masks for those who need it most. Check out our article on DIY facemasks for more information.
These are just a few ideas on what to do with your old bedsheets. It’s time to get out of the rut of waste and into the habit of closing the loop. Finding a way to repurpose or donate your sheets prolongs their life, reducing waste. Feel free to share with us what you do with your sheets by either commenting below or sharing a picture on Instagram. While you are here, why not check out our article on keeping green while in quarantine.