I like this idea coming from “365 Ways to Live Green”
Clothing is a process that starts with either renewable or nonrenewable feed stock (and underpaid slave labor), which his treated and woven, dyed and sewn to produce a piece of clothing. The clothing may have started out as a fossil fuel, or a cotton plant, with many workers and manufacturing and transportation processes along the way (as well as an occassional child forced labor camp). Most synthetic threads are made from petroleum which is nonrenewable (except in the geologic sense) and producing contaminants (like bell bottoms and big fat Garcia ties). Synthetic fabrics and clothing are durable and relatively non-destructable (like Brit Hume’s sense of self-worth). Some companies such as Patagonia accept used synthetic clothing for reuse as feedstock in new synthetic blend fabrics…
So, you can recycle clothing. I always figured I have recycled clothing since I tend to wear them to absolute scraps, or at least try to use the material from completely annihilated clothes to make patches for the next round. Or I give them to a local thrift shop or Salvation Army. I never actually thought about returning them to the retailer to reuse.