Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recycle Your Pantyhose

High on the list of complaints about pantyhose is that it just doesn’t last long enough. But from an environmental point of view it lasts too long once a discarded pair hits the landfill. Efforts at recycling can include using old pantyhose to stake tomato plants and make sachets, but there’s a small snag considering that sheer hosiery sales alone exceeded $1 billion over a recent 12-month period, according to the NPD Group. Some hosiery companies have moved toward more environmentally-friendly manufacturing. Inside packages of No nonsense pantyhose are green cards encouraging you to gather your old pantyhose and mail them to the company, where they’ll be sent to recycling facilities to be used to make park benches, ropes and playground equipment. The company accepts all brands and colors of stockings, tights, and knee highs for recycling. The program was inspired, in part, by Nike’s recycling of athletic shoes, turning them into playground and athletic surfaces. Nike’s website claims the company recycles more than 1.5 million pairs of shoes a year. You can find out more about recycling your pantyhose at