Pantyhose Recycling

pantyhose recycling August 29, 2011

   On the pages of this site we review and analyze various pantyhose styles, materials, yarns used etc. We discuss fashion trends involving nylon hosiery and we debate various tights-related questions. We have to admit though that thus far, we haven’t really paid a second thought to what happens to pantyhose after the legs. We know for sure that pantyhose look great on shapely female legs, and with that in mind, it’s safe to affirm that for a red-blooded pantyhose enthusiast, few sights are grimmer than those of filthy nylons in a landfill or the garbage pile.
Beyond the fact that we consider it quite inacceptable for such fate to befall our beloved nylons, pantyhose do indeed contribute to pollution in a rather invasive not to mention unsightly manner.
You see, nothing in nature has any sort of use for nylons. Other than the legs of human females, nothing benefits from nylons in any shape or fashion.
Nylon takes a notoriously long time to break down to its individual chemical components in nature, therefore pantyhose pollution is indeed a long-term issue.

Enter pantyhose recycling. Savvy housewives have long found various uses for pantyhose after they were phased out of their lingerie drawers. Old and otherwise useless pantyhose could be used as melon-holders by gardeners (to make sure the melons did indeed develop a perfect shape, without the effects of the stress produced by their own weight pressing down on the ground). Pantyhose are also used to tie tomato plants to stakes. By filling it with materials like sawdust, arts and crafts specialists create various dolls and decorations. All that is NOT the kind of pantyhose recycling we’re talking about though.

The materials used in the making of the nylon hosiery items (pantyhose, stockings, nylon knee-highs etc.) are apparently quite useful when it comes to making plastic toys, park benches, various playground wares and even ropes and carpets. Of course, one can’t recycle pantyhose into any of the above listed items at home, but when there’s a will, there’s a way too.
There are various entities out there, some sponsored by pantyhose manufacturers, some maintained by the manufacturers themselves, that accept recycled hosiery sent in through mail. Companies that accept recycled hosiery accept any brand, even if they’re sponsored by or belong to one specific pantyhose manufacturer.

All members of the nylon-wearing public have to do is to gather up their recyclable hosiery, to stuff it into a sturdy box, and then to mail it to the recycler closest to their home. One should remember that sending one large box is always cheaper than sending several smaller ones. Putting the pantyhose into additional plastic bags inside the box isn’t necessary.
The shipping costs of the thusly recycled pantyhose are supported by the person who mails the package. What exactly does one get in return? The satisfaction that she has done her part in protecting the environment, and the assurance that her used nylons won’t end up in an unsightly landfill somewhere.