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.