Yarn Cannot Be Recycled
Yarn cannot be recycled, and it will get tangled up in machinery at recycling facilities.
Ways to Reduce
Buy Yarn Selectively
Instead of buying yarn whenever you’re at a crafts store and happen to see something you would love to use someday, only buy it when you need it for a specific project.
Stick to Natural Fibers
Avoid synthetic fibers such as polyester and acrylic and stick to natural fibers such as cotton, wool and silk. Synthetic yarns shed plastic microfibers that don’t fully decompose, adding plastic pollution in our environment.
Ways to Reuse
Crochet Unwanted Yarn for Charity
Many community organizations accept crochet donations of scarves, squares or blankets, including hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, veterans’ groups and animal shelters. Contact your favorite organizations to see if they accept crochet donations, or check out this list of crochet charities by The Spruce Crafts.
Use Up Yarn Scraps
Sell or Give Away Unwanted Yarn
Instead of letting it live in a basket or closet for years to come, give someone else the chance to use your unwanted yarn.