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Why You Don’t See More Recycled Clothes

October 4, 2019

Why Do So Many Clothes End Up In Landfills?

Earlier this week, we looked at what you can do to reduce the impact of your clothing choices. Today, we’re taking a look behind the curtain with a Wall Street Journal article that shows the difficulties of fashion waste — on the industry side.

“Textiles in American landfills jumped 67.7% by weight from 2000 to 2015, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

The piece takes a thorough look at the reasons why “…less than 1% of the fiber used to produce clothes is recycled into new garments.” A major technological hurdle standing in the way of greater recycling? The difficulty of separating blended fabrics that mix synthetics with natural fibers.

For the whole story — and to learn how large companies are working to reduce waste and increase recycling efforts — check out the full article from the Wall Street Journal.

You may not be able to prevent most clothing from eventually ending up in a landfill or incinerated. But you can still make a positive impact, by buying clothes that are environmentally low impact from the start. Consider making your next purchase from one of these Good Companies using recycled and reclaimed textiles.

ECOALF

Looptworks

OORR

Better World Fashion

Patagonia

Girlfriend Collective

Osom

Earth Hatz