Composting old clothes?

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Author: Demeter (Demeter)
Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 8:07 pm
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You might do better donating to a charity that takes rags. The fibers are then used in high-grade paper, commercial wipe-rags, and even some clothing. Our local Disable Veterans does take them. Check to make sure.

Cotton does break down in the compost pile, but it takes a long time.

Author: Jeffm (Jeffm)
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 11:53 pm
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I wear my clothes out. I will wear old T shirts and jeans in the garden and bumming around until they are literally falling to pieces. Eventually the times comes when they have to be disposed off. Can cotton clothing be composted? I cant see why not but how long would it take to compost cotton shirts?
If I put them at the bottom of a new humanure pile will they be gone in two years when the pile is ready to go on the garden? Or will I still have a nasty very old and dirty piece of clothing?

Has anyone ever done this?

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