Textile waste is a big issue, one that I find is not talked about a lot. According to this article, the average American throws out 70 pounds of textiles a year, with the majority of it ending up in landfills – SEVENTY POUNDS!!!!! That is a lot of waste, and a lot of clothes in the landfill!
I stumbled across this list of 10 companies who are getting creative, and to reduce textile waste:
Evrnu: created new technology to create a new fibre from cotton garments.
Fabscrap: provides a pickup service for textile waste in New York City and then sells it to people/companies who are interested.
Etology: uses technology to help keep textiles out of the landfill.
Wearable Collections: puts ‘textile bins’ in apartment buildings to make it easier for individuals to recycle old clothes and garments. You can also request a bin to go in your building.
Reroll: the world’s first zero waste fashion line!
Renewal Workshop: when items are being made in a factory, small defects cause the brand to throw them out. The Renewal Workshop created a space for brands to bring these garments to, and then they bring them into the marketplace!
Tonlé: collects the scraps of fabrics from their garment factories and uses it to make recycled paper which is what they use for their hangtags.
Ecotec: developed a recycled yarn made from pre-dyed cotton (the pre-dyed yarn reduces water consumption by 80%).
Trmtab: uses leather trims and creates woven and stitched accessories.
Patagonia: not only were they the first clothing manufacturer to use recycled plastic bottles in their fleece products, but they repurpose cotton scraps, and use reclaimed wool and recycled nylon and down.
What steps do you use to reduce your textile waste? We use old t-shirts that we have cut up to do our household cleaning, and I am planning on making handkerchiefs out of some old clothes.
We donate clothes that we no longer wear, and I am making an effort not to purchase clothes, especially new ones. If I need something I will go to local thrift stores first! I also try to get clothing fixed instead of throwing it out.
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