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Don’t Trash Your Towels! Here’s What to Do With Them.

There’s a monster in our closet, and it’s the amount of waste from textiles like towels that we produce every year. Textiles are only recycled about 17 percent of the time, meaning the rest goes to the landfill where it’s often incinerated. In-fact, the landfills are becoming so overburdened that we’re shipping our waste to other countries.

At least if you own an Everydaily towel, you know the process that got the towel to your hands was more sustainable. But even our incredibly durable towels have an end of life (plus accidents happen – anyone with kids knows that white things don’t stay white too long).

While our towels are 100% plant-based, we want to do all we can to reduce the waste problem. And good news! There’s so much you can do – whether you’re crafty, thrifty, or busy and just want to donate, this guide will help.

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What Do I Do With My Old Towels?

Remember the pillars of waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (and donate!) In this guide we’ll go through each “R” for your towels. Notably, these tips apply to most textiles, not just towels!

REDUCE

  1. Invest in Towels That Will Last  – Reduce the amount of times you have to buy a towel in the first place by investing in durable, higher-performing towels.

Check out our’s here. Hemp is 2-3 times more durable than cotton.

      2. Fix Up Before You Give Up 

Is your towel stained? Try washing with 1 cup of white vinegar. Or use 3% hydrogen peroxide bleach (which is used for your mouth wash).

Is your towel damaged? There’s some super simple tutorials online to stitch em’ up in a jiffy. Maybe even consider sewing some cute patches on the holes shown here.

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REUSE / UPCYCLE

The options here are endless, but here are a few of our favorites organization by skill level:

BEGINNER: 

Make a dog toy. Tutorial here.

Turn it into a mini washcloth. Tutorial here.

INTERMEDIATE:

Make it into a beach bag. Tutorial here

Make into a shower poof. Tutorial here.

EXPERT:

Make dolls like these little towel cats. Tutorial here.

Create an apron, pool overshirt, or spa lounge wear. Here’s out tutorial here.

RECYCLE OR DONATE

If you don’t have time for the other tips – we get it. No judgement. Here are some steps to take to ensure your towels end up in the right hands:

  1. Look Into Your Local Recycling Programs – some will take used towels.
  2. Donate to homeless shelters that can disinfect the towels for additional use
  3. Donate to Local Animal Shelter

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