Most stockings are made with a combination of Spandex and Nylon, which can take 30 to 40 years to decompose in a landfill. This durable fabric is great for making stockings, but not great for environment. We’ve been keeping a running list of ways to re-use and re-purpose your old compression stockings and socks on our website, but until recently, we had never found a way to fully recycle stockings the way we do cans, glass, and newspaper.
No Nonsense, one of the leading manufacturers of non-compression stockings, has started an amazing pantyhose recycling program that will keep socks and stockings completely out of landfills. No Nonsense collects socks, stockings and pantyhose from all brands and sends them to a recycling plant to be transformed into completely new products. They’re making park benches, running tracks, vehicle insulation and more with these products. You have to package and ship the stockings yourself, but stockings are very light-weight and the shipping costs will be minimal. So, get a shipping label for your stockings on our website and get some peace of mind that your healthy legs are not hurting the planet.
In researching this, I actually discovered a lot of other innovative recycling programs for items that I had no idea could be recycled (and I’ve admittedly been throwing away myself!). Check out my finds below:
- Wine Corks – ReCork is grinding up corks and reusing them for all kinds of new products. A lot of Whole Foods locations have also added drop off stations for wine corks, so check to see if your local store has one!
- Running Shoes – Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program grinds down old shoes and turns them into playgrounds
- Cigarette Butts – Collect the ends of your cigarettes and send them off to Terracylce.
- Greeting Cards – If you’re not keeping the cards you receive for sentimental purposes, you should be sending them to St. Judes.
- Broken Holiday Lights – Lights not turning on? Send them Christmas Light Source and they’ll send you a coupon for your next purchase.
- Nespresso Capsules – Don’t throw out your daily source of caffeine! Check the Nespresso website to find a drop-off point for your capsules.
- Toner & Printer Cartridges – Check with the printer manufacturer. HP and Brother will both pay for the shipping on returns to their company. Staples will also take back most printer and toner cartridges.
Any other suggestions? Let us know in the comment section below!