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Accepted textiles

Learn about the Threadcycle program and which items are accepted for donation.

About Threadcycle

Nearly 95% of used clothing, shoes, and linens are reusable or recyclable. Threadcycle is an environmental campaign sponsored by King County and Seattle Public Utilities to reduce textile waste. We provide information on how and where to donate your textiles to keep them out of the waste stream and in use.

Learn more about the Threadcycle program

Which items can I donate?

Nearly all clothing, shoes, linens, and other textiles are accepted for donation, except items that are:

  • Wet
  • Mildewed
  • Contaminated with hazardous material
  • Infested with insects like moths or bed bugs

These items should be put in the garbage to avoid contaminating other usable materials.

Accepted items

Clothing, textiles, and shoes that are:

  • Ripped, torn, or holey
  • Dirty or stained
  • Missing buttons
  • Have broken zippers
  • “Singles” of paired items like shoes, socks, or gloves
  • Worn-out or faded


  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Shirts
  • Pajamas
  • T-shirts
  • Jerseys
  • Sweatshirts/pants
  • Sweaters
  • Jeans
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Coats
  • Jackets
  • Suits
  • Scarves
  • Clean underwear
  • Clean cloth diapers

Shoes and accessories

  • Shoes (singles too!)
  • Flip flops
  • Slippers
  • Belts
  • Ties
  • Backpacks, book bags
  • Hats
  • Socks (singles too!)
  • Purses

Household linens

  • Comforters
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Decorative pillows only (no bed pillows)
  • Pillowcases
  • Curtains/draperies
  • Table linens
  • Fabric scraps – hand sized or larger
  • Stuffed animals