Yarn that has been re-spun from shredded, recycled textiles is called shoddy. The term was probably first applied to the waste thrown off or shed during the process of wool manufacture.
Today, throughout Europe, the collection of worn clothing is a well-organized industry. Sorters either collect clothing directly from networks of clothing banks, or increasingly, in the UK, organize house-to-house collections or buy surplus clothing from charity shops and jumble sales. Charity shops remove the cream of the clothes received from the public and then sell the rest at prices which can vary from nothing to up to £250 per tonne (1999). The t