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pantyhose recycling

Why recycle tights and pantyhose?

Pantyhose and tights are an integral accessory to the modern woman’s on-the-go lifestyle. But have you thought about what happens to those stockings and hosiery once they go in the garbage? The same Nylon/Spandex blends that make legs look so firm and smooth are also the same materials that when placed in a landfill, will take 30-40 years to decompose. Pantyhose is made predominantly from Nylon, which is the first invented synthetic fiber ever created that is a non-biodegradable material. And since the hosiery industry is topping the $1 billion mark in revenues, it is important that we take the opportunity to explore alternative solutions, beyond simply throwing our old stockings in the trash.While we love the way sheer hosiery and our stylish tights look on legs, we’re not as thrilled to see them in landfills. At No nonsense, we’re happy to announce the first pantyhose and tights recycling program. It’s a step toward a greener planet, and one that you can help us take.

There’s now life after legs.

Yes, we know people have found some inventive purposes for used pantyhose. Gardeners use them to tie tomato plants to stakes. And, of course, they make really scary Halloween masks. But used pantyhose (and even tights) can be turned into things such as running tracks, park benches, vehicle insulation, playground equipment and toys. The possibilities are endless. Who knew? As if transforming a pair of legs wasn’t enough!

The No nonsense Pantyhose Recycling Program

No Nonsense has developed the first pantyhose recycling program that repurposes those materials and turns them into infrastructure such as park benches, running tracks, car insulation, and playground equipment. Children's toys can also be generated through this solution, furthering the incentive to be proactive when it comes to the pantyhose recycling program.

How do you take this step with us?

It’s simple. First download a mailing label. Now go round up your tights, pantyhose, nylon knee highs and box them up. We’ll accept all brands. Take your box to the nearest shipping location and send it on its way. We’ll collect all the products in one of our North Carolina plants and send it all to a recycling facility. Since stockings and hosiery are so lightweight, shipping a package of pantyhose will be inexpensive, and you will feel good, knowing that you are doing your part to offset your carbon footprint when you participate in the pantyhose recycling program.

Encourage Friends, Family and Your Community to Recycle Pantyhose

In an effort to increase awareness and to further offset the environmental impact of nonbiodegradable materials in landfills, it is always good practice to incorporate your friends and family into the pantyhose recycling program. By bringing awareness to your community and social sphere, you can exponentially increase your contribution to making this a much greener planet. Establish a place that your friends and associates can rely on to deposit their worn and tattered pantyhose. The impact may seem small at first, but every pair that you help to recycle is one less pair that’s left to decompose in a stagnant landfill.

Packing tips

A single box costs less than several small boxes | A sturdy box prevents crushing | No need to place hosiery within a plastic bag inside the box.

Shipping options

USPS now offers Priority Flat Rate boxes and shipping. Check out their website for rates and options, or call 800-ASK-USPS for help.
If using FedEx or UPS, choose Ground Service and check that you’re mailing to a business for lower rates. Visit their websites or call FedEx 800-463-3339 or UPS 800-742-5877 for help.

Thanks for your help taking steps toward a better planet.

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