Can You Recycle Clothing Tags? (Your Full Guide)

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Jean Richardson

Jean Richardson is a lover of knowledge, in all forms. He has spent over 15 years as a high school teacher, instructing students in history, geography, mathematics, and more.

You may have noticed that the size and number of tags on new clothing are growing. What used to have a small price tag or name tag on it now may have several tags for prices, name brands, and information about the brands. 

Some go so far as to provide a tag to say they recycle items, defeating the purpose. Therefore, you might be wondering, are clothing tags recyclable? Continue reading to find out this answer and more! 

Can You Recycle Clothing Tags?

Paper price tags are recyclable. You can just put them in with the rest of your recyclable paper and cardboard, however, the paper price tags with lamination or plastic coating cannot be recycled. Also, heavyweight name tags and clothing tags are probably not recyclable either. 

Now that you know you can recycle your paper and cardboard clothing tags, that solves one mystery. But what can you do with those glossy or laminated clothing tags? Read on to find out the answer!

How To Reuse Those Laminated Tags

Those thick, shiny laminated clothing tags may be eye-catching in the store, but what do you do with them after you have bought the clothing?

Here are a few things you can use those tags for:

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1. Make A Journal Cover

No matter what size the tag, you can make a mini-journal or journal cover out of it. 

However, if you have one large enough, you can fold it and insert some paper into it to make an adorable little, tiny journal. 

To bind the paper, you can use many different methods:

  • Binding coils
  • Binding rings
  • Jewelry jump rings
  • Padding glue
  • Ribbons
  • Staples
  • Tape binding
  • Wire

2. Use It As A Mini Weaving Loom

If you are crafty and enjoy weaving or embroidery, you can use a hard tag as a weaving or embroidery base. 

For weaving, all you have to do is punch tiny holes into the tag and then use yarn to weave a pattern. 

For embroidering, you can cover the tag with fabric and then embroider on the fabric or, if the tag is nice enough, embroider right onto the tag. 

3. Make Jewelry Or Other Crafty Items

Make Jewelry Or Other Crafty Items

When you have tags with vibrant colors or interesting patterns, you can cut them into different shapes and use them for all sorts of things. 

This is especially good for those heavy laminated tags that have all sorts of colors and details. 

For example, here are some things you can make with them:

  • Bookmarks
  • Cards
  • Charms
  • Earrings
  • Gift tags
  • Necklaces
  • Notebooks
  • Stickers
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4. Fabric Tags Can Be Reused Too

Fabric tags can also be used in creative ways. In fact, you can use fabric tags for any of the ideas above, as well as other items. 

For instance, you can sew a bunch of tags together to make a book cover.

Also, if you have enough, you could even make a reusable grocery bag or tote. Furthermore,  other ideas include:

  • Bandanas
  • Blankets
  • Face masks
  • Drawer liners
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Hats
  • Napkins
  • Patches
  • Pillows
  • Purses
  • Scented sachets
  • Sewing needle cases
  • Wallets

5. Give Them To Someone Else

Another way to reuse those tags is to donate them to a school or nursing home for craft supplies.

Additionally, hospitals and daycare centers may also be able to use them. 

6. They Are Great Cat Toys Too

If you have a cat, those clothing tags can give them hours (or even days) of fun. 

Cats will play with just about anything, and clothing tags seem to hold some sort of attraction for felines. Whether it is the bright colors or patterns on the tag, your cat will probably love it. 

To learn more, you can also read our posts on whether you can recycle Tupperware, whether you can recycle travel mugs, and whether you can recycle toothpaste tubes, boxes, and toothbrushes.

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In this article, there were a few examples of things you can do to reuse your unrecyclable old clothing tags as well as how you can transform them into new different DIY projects such as journals, cat toys, and more! 


  • Jean Richardson

    Jean Richardson is a lover of knowledge, in all forms. He has spent over 15 years as a high school teacher, instructing students in history, geography, mathematics, and more.

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