Textile waste - originated from both the household (consumer) sector and the industrial (manufacturing) sector – is rising …
Recycling textiles can save up to 15 times the energy recoverable by incineration…
- The amount of textiles in US waste has increased more than five-fold since 1950, rubber and leather have tripled. Recycling rates - currently at about 12% for rubber and leather and 14% for textiles - have not kept pace, so the amounts of these materials, which are incinerated and disposed of in landfills, are increasing.
- In the UK, textiles represent between 3% - 5% of household waste and estimates for arising of textile waste vary between 550,000 - 900,000 tonnes each year. Over 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year mostly from domestic sources, of which only 25% are recycled.
- There is an average of 7 kilograms of textile waste (clothes, bedding, curtains, etc.) per person in landfills throughout Canada. Textile waste accounts for more than 4% of materials in Canada's landfills.
Instead of discarding unwanted appliances, tools, or clothes, individual consumers can contribute minimizing waste by…
- It takes 1.5 billion gallons (about 5.7 billion litres) of oil to manufacture 1 million tonnes of clothing…
- If everyone bought one reclaimed woollen garment each year, it would save an average of 300 million gallons (about 1,135 litres) of water and 400 tones of chemical dyes.
- considering acquiring used clothing at thrift or consignment shops;
- donating or reselling items to thrift stores or other organizations in need;
- selling second-hand items at fairs, bazaars, swap meets, and garage sales;
- giving hand-me-down clothes to family members, neighbouring families, or the needy.