Textile Composting August 25th, 2020 – Lining the Planters with Hair and Muslin

As we are conducting our textile composting experiment, we will be chronicling our doings, findings, measurements, successes, failures, and everything in between. We started with our Compost Conversations video series to share some compost basics, because let’s be honest, composting textiles is not for the novice.  While we’ve been doing research on how to compost textiles, we’ve also done some research into composting hair as it is a fibrous organic material full of nitrogen. At the time of this writing, the most common form of textile recycling is to donate our clothes (the most common form of discarded fabric) and other unwanted textiles. Another common practice is to downcycle textiles into industrial cleaning rags, carpet backing, building insulation, but oftentimes items are incinerated or landfilled. Sending anything to a landfill is the least desirable option and something we always try to avoid. Downcycling textiles into another use is definitely a positive, however, unfortunately, they usually find their way to a landfill eventually.  In our attempt to divert landfill waste and find new solutions, we decided to utilize our hair and muslin as the base in our planters when we propagated some plants last week. We had several plants that had outgrown their shoes so we gave them new homes with a healthy dose of nutrients. Here was our process: -  Line pots with piece of muslin -  Add handful of hair -  Add soil and compost -  Add plant -  Add more soil -  Water -  Watch grow! Research notes: Muslin composting experiment at FIT

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