Love it or hate it, in the textile world there is always going to be lint. “But what is lint?” you might ask. Well, these are the tiny fibres that are a natural by-product of fabrics. If you wear or sleep in cotton or linen you will undoubtedly find lint around your house, and our tumble dryers even have a special ‘lint trap’ to catch these tiny fibres. Lint is perfectly normal and part and parcel of working with and using these lovely fabrics, but what can we do to try to limit this waste?
Our fabulous factories already have this worked out. The lint that accumulates during the dyeing and laundering process in the factories is separated out and put to good use where possible. Over half of these waste fibres are either spun back into yarns that are used to make new textiles, or they’re used for agriculture and livestock.
But what can we, as consumers, do with our lint?
In our current efforts to ‘make things better’, Secret Linen Store have been looking at what we do as consumers and how we can be as eco-friendly as possible. This has led us to looking into lint, and we found there are lots of fun and friendly ways to use the fluff that comes out of your washing loads. We understand that tumble drying isn’t the most sustainable method in the world of washing, but we also understand that not everyone has a line to dry in the warmer months, or enough radiator and airer space in the colder months. If you choose to use a tumble dryer, here are some tip top top tips to be a little more eco-conscious by putting that dryer lint to good use.
The lovely warm weather is the perfect climate for your compost bin to do its job, and with your extra lint from the tumble dryer hanging around, you can add this to the bin. Lint compost does a great job at keeping both your indoor and outdoor plants nice and cosy, whilst also helping to retain water.
This is, of course, a much cheaper option to buying compost in the garden centre, so if you do have a dryer, definitely use it to help those veggies grow. With most of our product, you will be getting lint made from natural fibres of cotton and linen, so it is biodegradable and will therefore easily break down. However, if you are washing anything synthetic, the fibres in the lint won’t break down so quickly.
Arts & Crafts
You might be running out of fun activities to do with the kids at the end of the school holidays…and the craft budget might be tight. Did you know you can use your dryer lint to make clay? All you need to add is:
- 5 tbsp of pva glue
- 1 tbsp of washing up liquid
- 5 tbsp of warm water
Mix it all together and you’ve got yourself a cheap activity that will entertain them for hours.
On the topic of entertainment, lint can also be used instead of newspaper to do some papier-mâché. The good thing about using lint is that, because it is thicker, you won’t need so many layers.
As lint is just excess fibres that have come off your linen in the dryer, it makes fabulous stuffing or wadding. Use it to fill little stuffed animals or doll’s pillows, or sew it between two layers of fabric to make a quilt.
As you can see, there are tons of ways to give life to your lint, as well as being kinder to the planet, so why not give it a go?