I am not sure if Thrift store yarn is officially recycling but your tabby will be plenty happy none the less. The yarn is crocheted around a homemade rattle gives cats a ‘furry’ texture and noisy toy. Add the fact that there is catnip inside makes this an irrisistable toy for any cat. The long tail makes it easy to dangle in front of kitty and also makes a nice fetch toy. Check it out at Etsy.com $3.00 – several other types and colors as well.