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composting old clothes

Posted by rake4leaves z6 PA (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 11, 10 at 11:46

I have a pair of "holey" silk pants, that is beyond repair.
Has anyone toss in the compost pile any fabric, clothes
made of 100% cotton or silk? I'd cut off the manufacturer's label.
Color is a medium green, of unknown dye ingredients.
I thought that the pants could beplaced at the very bottom
of a new pile.
Thanks in advance.

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RE: composting old clothes

Wool, silk and cotton will decompose....It was once living.

I work as a volunteer in a rescue mission part time. We see very few pure animal or plant fibre clothing articles today. We sort them out when we do to gain a few pennies more for the natural garments.

RE: composting old clothes

Thank you for your response. Good to know that I can toss these
pants into the c. pile instead of the landfill. Too bad they have
holes in 'em, now they fit, thanks to losing weight. Oh, well.

RE: composting old clothes

I composted a pair of shorts recently that were 80% cotton and 20% polyester...when I found them after a year the cotton had been consumed and just the polyester was left...see thru shorts. LOL I compost t-shirts, old towels, washcloths, etc.


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