Yep, I was going to say rags. DH hasn't bought rags for the shop forever. Well, he did buy a few because they were larger (specific brand/size), but his regular red rags he doesn't buy any more. I cut up old undies and clothes that are past their prime and he uses those.
We compost cotton clothing. Eventually you may find a seam of polyester thread the next year someplace, but jeans and things do compost eventually. We also use old socks, shirts, and underwear as rags, of course.
I donate mine to a thrift shop that uses the money in turn to run a soup kitchen. I saw a bit on CNN a long time ago about a company that grinds up old clothes and presses them into the insulating matting that goes underneath the carpet in your car. Have a look at it sometime....you be able to see all the colored flecks of cloth!
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