Over on Twitter @kissakerho asked what she could do with old tights. She wrote:
“I’ve got half a bin bag of tights that no longer fit me, and sadly they can’t even be recycled by Oxford. also, most of them are laddered :(“
It got me thinking about the issue of textiles.
Apparently textiles make up 12% of landfill sites. WRAP tell us we landfill 1.4 million tonnes of material per year.
So here are some ideas for reusing and recycling old tights. Please add yours to the list!
Tights must be a gardeners best friend! Use them to tie things together like sticks for a runner bean wigwam or tie trailing plants to a trellis
Growing sprouted seeds in a jam jar? Old tights stretched over the top of the jar are just what you need to drain out the water without losing your seeds down the sink
Two pairs of tights in the same colour? Cut the bag leg out and wear them together as a new pair – you’ll have two layers up top to keep you warm!
Back to the garden for harvesting. Hanging onions up in old tights, with a knot between each onion, is a tried and tested way of keeping them, and other root veggies, fresh
Storing the Christmas tree or a roll up camping mat? Stop things escaping by using tights as huge elasticated ties
Make lavender bags and give them to your friends
For filtering yogurt to make cream cheese to sticking them over your vacuum hose to find lost objects, tights make great filters
Put a bar of soap in them and tie to the shower so you never lose your soap again
If you, or someone you knows, are into arts and crafts, old tights make the perfect stuffing material for cushions and toys
If they aren’t good enough for reuse you can still put them in a textiles bank where they will be shredded and used for stuffing material for industry. Find your nearest textiles recycling bank