Best Ways To Recycle Old Towels

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Recycling Towels

Don’t throw your old towels away, put them to re-use in the pet industry.

Most of us possess a handful of different sized towels and these may loose their colour and fluffy pile over time with constant use and washing. That’s millions of towels that are being discarded yearly where they can be put to good use in the pet industry.

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Are your towels useable and with care labels still attached?


Are your towels damaged?

1. Towels that are not damaged

If your towels are just showing their signs of age then they can be donated to your local pet charity shop, especially if you have the care labels still attached. If you are not sure where yours is, then check on Telephone before arriving, asking them if they are currently accepting donations and if they want them packed in any special way. Not all pet charity shops can accept bedding and linen donations every day.

If your towels are damaged and could not be purchased at the pet charity shop, they can still send these to the ‘rag man’, an official trade recycling firm. The charity will receive some funds for doing this invaluable recycling service of old, unwanted textiles. Again, bundle up and label the bag as damaged towels.

Local Pet Shelters accept towels to help with the many pets they have to rehome. They like pet charity shops, may not always be able to take them in, so a call in advance is advisable.

Due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions, a quick call ahead before making a special journey is a great idea because they may not be able to accept your donation.

What other donating solutions are there for undamaged towels?

Pet Check highly recommend you try advertising on social media as pet owners would be delighted to snap up your spare towels.

Dog owners keep a bundle at the ready for wet, muddy, dog walking days, to clean off their pets before they get back into their cars or home after walks. They’re perfect to help pets dry their fur coats quickly and not suffer from chills in cold weather.

Sometimes owners put towels into dog beds so they dry off most of the wet and mud and then can be taken out a little later, preventing dog beds from getting even more trashed with dirt. Even professional dog walkers keep piles of towels ready in their dog walking vans for the days they get caught out in the rain, walking their charges.

Dog owners use them when they take their dogs onto beaches and wipe off sand, and dry their dogs after swimming and towels are perfect for drying any dog after their regular bath.

Pet rabbit owners like to put them over their outside hutches carefully trying to block out some sunshine on really hot days, providing their rabbits with shade making sure that their pet rabbits can’t nibble at them.

Cat owners like to have them handy for drying their cats off when diving back through their cat hatches when it rains. Hand towels are just the perfect size.

If you want to give away your towel(s) to a pet owner then advertising it on the free web platforms is usually a quick solution who provide you with local pick up facilities.

The best nationwide local platforms are –

  1. Olio the UK free recycling food and household items recycling website and app.
  2. Freecycle the free recycling worldwide partnership with local groups and more than 9 million users.
  3. ilovefreegle free recycling with local groups all dotted over the UK.
  4. Friday Ad free online magazine offer free listings.
  5. Gumtree and Facebook offer free listings.

If you are looking to purchase your towels and collect them locally, then try the usual websites such as, Gumtree, Friday Ad, and Facebook.

I keep a ready supply of old towels in the storage cupboard which are used for my two dogs after daily walks. They are essential.

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Can I put towels in my landfill or recycling bins at home?

Generally the answer is no, but each local authority has differing recycling policy and yours may have a special collection point especially for towels in your area. If you want to check, look up your council website.

2. Where do I recycle very old and damaged towels?

Recycle Now provides the UK public with details of their local recycling plants.

Towels fall under their very loose category definition as ‘Clothing and Textiles’ and can be recycled. The website provides all the nearest points for you to take your towels to, by simply popping your postcode into their search finder. They do ask that they are packed well and some sites ask you to put them into a bag.

Because of the recent huge pandemic crisis, some of the points may be closed or temporarily suspended, as they try to get back to normal collection services.

What are pet microfibre towels?

These are special towels designed to dry off pets quickly where the towel holds up to eight times the normal water according to their manufacturers. They are soft and can double up as snuggle blankets. Most pet stores online and high street sell these useful items and can be a great gift for your friend, colleague or family member that own a dog or cat. They’ll always be grateful of an extra pet towel!

The PFMA, The Pet Food Manufacturers Association, have informed us that there’s an estimated 12 million dogs residing in the UK and 12 million cats (2020 statistics). That’s a huge pet population out there where pet owners will appreciate donated items.

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How Towels Have Developed

Today, some of the finest quality towels are bought from Turkey who is associated with producing the earliest towels in the city of Bursa, during the 15th century, where the use of towels spread globally.

Towels called ”Peshtamal” were large pieces of cotton or linen fabric that wrapped around the lower body.

Peshtamals were used in Turkish hamams, spas, before they were used domestically being light and absorbent.

As the world produced more cotton and industrialization grew across Europe, 19th century, more variations emerged, becoming cheaper, and bringing towels to the masses and where the shape changed becoming wider.


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