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Don’t Undervalue Your Underwear

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Reykjavík City Hall, where a program is being held today. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Did you know that your old socks and underwear can be recycled? You can take them to the Red Cross, which sends them abroad for recycling, where new cloth is produced, RÚV reports. This week through Sunday is European Week for Waste Reduction, where people are encouraged to recycle and reduce waste. There will be a program on ways to reuse clothes at Reykjavík City Hall today, Saturday, at 1 pm.

Every year, Icelanders throw away 3,200 tons of textiles, which is three times what we donate to the Red Cross.

Homes in Reykjavík alone throw away 5,800 tons of food and beverages, worth ISK 4.5 billion (USD 33.8 million, EUR 32 million), annually, RÚV reports.

This is the conclusion of research done by the Icelandic Environment Association in collaboration with the City of Reykjavík. Based on measurements done at 17 homes, each individual throws away 48 kilos (106 lbs) a year, amounting to ISK 150 thousand (USD 1,130, EUR 1,060) per family of four. The Environment Association says the estimate is conservative and that food waste may be more extensive, but further research is needed.

Eygerður Margrétardóttir, department manager at the City of Reykjavík notices a change in society where people are more aware than before of the need to use their things well.

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