Never Go Anywhere Without Your Towel

Day 145“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value — you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon…” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Today is Towel Day! I wasn’t sure what that exactly meant. So, I read up on the holiday that has been celebrated for 19 years. Fans of Douglas Adams (English author, screenwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist) created the day to honor the beloved author after his untimely death due to a heart attack at the age of 49.

In his book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (which I have heard of, but have never read), Douglas writes about towels being the most helpful item for an interstellar traveler. So, it made perfect sense to me that I would use today’s post to talk about all the great ways to reuse or repurpose your old towels.

  1. The most obvious reuse option is to turn old towels into cleaning rags.
  2. You could sew numerous towels together to create a large blanket for outdoor use.
  3. Old towels may not be great for drying things, but they are still good for washing things, like the dishes.
  4. Turn them into baby bibs.
  5. Call or email your local animal shelter and see if they could use towels.
  6. Change out your Swiffer pads with pieces from your old towels. Once you’re done cleaning the house, pop them in the washer to be used again. You can’t do that with Swiffer.
  7. Turn your old towels into a knee pad. Whether, you make one for each knee or a large one for both knees, having a little extra cushion while gardening or cleaning, is helpful for the knees.
  8. Use old towels to cut down the cold draft seeping underneath the doors.
  9. Old towels can keep your fragile belongings safe. Whether your moving to a new home or just looking to store a few things away. Towels will help cushion the move.
  10. When the life of the towel has come to the end, the Chicago Textile Recycling Center will take it.

So, don’t go anywhere without your towel. Not only will it help you on an interstellar trip, but they have so many great uses.

Tomorrow, green refrigerator options.

Old T-shirts: Give them a new purpose

Quilt created by Molly Rose Quilts

Day 79 – When my kids grew out of clothes, I was quick to donate them. If they wore them out beyond reuse, I was quick to toss them. Sadly, I was unaware of places like Chicago Textile Recycling that would have taken worn out clothes and recycled them. I also never thought to save those old t-shirts for a future use.

On this National Quilting Day, I wanted to share the idea of taking those old t-shirts to create a quilt. I’m sure many of you have seen them and I sure wish I would have done this for my kids.

A friend had one made for her son as a graduation gift from elementary school. She took all his t-shirts from school, sports teams and camps. The result was an amazing keepsake that I’m sure he’ll treasure for many years to come.

Plan accordingly. Save those old t-shirts and put them in a safe place. Somewhere you’ll remember. So, when the time comes to create a priceless gift for your loved one, you’ll know exactly where to start.

If you’re like me and would never consider, in a million years, to undertake such a project. Please know that there are very trained and qualified people that will gladly welcome your business.

Tomorrow, appreciating paper and where it originates.

Clothes, Part 3: Recycling when unfit for donation

Day 61 – You will have clothes with holes and stains and are just not acceptable for donation. What do you do then? I, like many others thought the trash was the only choice. Thankfully, there are a few options to keep those clothes out of the landfill.

Chicago Textile Recycling – Chicago Textile Recycling provides textile recycling outlets and fundraising opportunities for area organizations, businesses and municipalities. By collecting used clothing, shoes, and household items for reuse and recycling, Chicago Textile Recycling diverts over 2.5 million pounds of waste from area landfills annually. They are located at 250 N. Mannheim Rd. Unit B. Hillside, IL 60162. Click HERE to find s complete list of items they accept.

The North Face Stores – Their Clothes the Loop program encourages people to drop off unwanted clothing and footwear at The North Face Retail and Outlet Stores. Recycle your used apparel and footwear (any condition, any brand) at their stores and earn a $10 reward toward your next purchase of $100 or more at The North Face.

Blue Jeans Go Green – The Blue Jeans Go Green program collects denim (made from cotton) so that it can be recycled back to its natural fiber state and transformed into something new. Click HERE to find participating brands that will give you money or a percentage off your next purchase.

H&M Stores – Their Garment Collecting program has been a hit since 2013. They have recycling boxes in H&M stores across the globe. It works like this: 1. Take any unwanted clothes or textiles, by any brand and in any condition, to one of our stores. 2. Drop your bag of old clothes in our garment collecting box near the register and receive a 15% off coupon to use toward your next purchase.

Patagonia – They will recycle their own brand of clothing. All you have to do is drop it off at any Patagonia store.

So, the next time you come across a stained shirt or sock with holes, think twice before throwing them away. That piece of clothing has another life waiting to be had.

Tomorrow, is all about shoes.