There are lots of places where unwanted cotton clothes could go to escape landfill – the op-shop, a garage sale or turned into rags for tradies.
But what about shredding them and putting them back into the soil? And what if, in a world of perfect circularity, that soil was on a cotton farm?
Cotton Australia launched just such a trial on Wednesday to see if old cotton textiles – including sheets and worn-out coveralls from state emergency services – could improve the soils on a farm in Goondiwindi, Queensland.
Farmer Sam Coulton and his grandson Harry spread two tonnes