Recycle Your Old Gym Socks (and more)

There’s more to those parking-lot collection bins than pleas for clothes and books; they’re part of a billion-dollar global textile industry. Most are legit; some are just making a buck. But that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. The bins are making money for nonprofits and getting clothes reused, recycled and retailored all over the world. So throw it all in there: socks with holes, old underwear, stuffed animals — any household textile. The Blab Lab talks to two area textile recycling experts, Kevin Fisette of Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island and Larry Groipen of ERC Wiping Products.