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The Urgency to Recycle Textiles

The importance of recycling textiles is increasingly being recognized. Over 80 billion garments are produced annually, worldwide. According to U.S. EPA, around 16 million tons of textile municipal solid waste (MSW) was generated in 2015, about 6.1% of total MSW generation. The rate for textiles derived from clothing and footwear was 14.2%, while the recovery for sheets and pillowcases was 16.3% for the same year. As such, textile recycling is a significant challenge to be addressed as we strive to move closer to a zero landfill society.

Once in landfills, natural fibers can take hundreds of years to decompose. They may release methane and CO2 gas into the atmosphere. Additionally, synthetic textiles are designed not to decompose. In the landfill, they may release toxic substances into groundwater and surrounding soil.

Textile recycling offers the following environmental benefits:

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Reusing unwanted clothing prevents greenhouse gases. By donating a 10 pound  bag into our collection bins, you are preventing up to 50 pounds of CO2 from polluting the atmosphere!

Clean Water

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According to the World Bank, 17-20 percent of industrial water pollution is due to textile dyeing and treatment.  In addition, the production of fabric consumes a surprising quantity of fresh water. By donating a 10 pound bag of clothes, you are saving 14,000 gallons of water!

Landfill Space

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According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually.The recycling of 2.62 million tons of clothing per year equates to taking 1.3 million cars from U.S. streets.

Conserve Resources

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Reusing clothing and reducing the need for manufacturing new clothes is an easy way to save resources and mitigate climate change. By donating a 10 pound bag, you are reducing the amount of insecticides released into making new clothing!