Does it sound crazy to stuff old curtains and other textile wastes into your walls? In essence, it is an environmentally friendly way of insulating your home. Environmentalists have been looking for alternative materials to be used as insulation, and old textiles have proved to be an ideal solution.

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The textile industry has its own disposal problems. The industry produces a lot of byproducts that end up in landfills. An alternative is to turn the waste into something useful such as insulation material.

Industry leaders experimented with the practice of using textiles as insulation. When it proved to be effective, the idea spun into a popular new insulation option.

It would be handy if you could make your own insulation with used fabric, but it’s not that simple. If you put untreated fabric inside walls or in the attic, you may end up with a house crawling with maggots and other critters. Also, you cannot just put fabric in areas that are subject to extreme temperatures. Textiles are combustible materials and the temperature inside the attic is very high during the summer months. Fabric must be fireproof before it can be used for insulation.

Homeowners who want to use recycled materials to insulate their homes should consult a professional to acquire the proper materials and apply them correctly. There are parts of the house that are difficult to insulate and will require the use of insulation equipment and other insulation accessories. Registered professionals are familiar with building codes and the safest installation techniques.