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Textile Disposal and Recycled Fibers

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Lindsay Hudyma

on 9 October 2012

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Textile Disposal
Recycled Fibers Annual textile waste of 2 million tons
Textiles contribute 4% of waste into Canadian landfills
Average textile consumption of 15 lbs per person Annual textile waste of 11 billion tons
Only 15% of these textiles are recycled
Average textile consumption of 65 lbs per person
Only 10 lbs of this is second-hand purchases
Approx. 2 of 10 lbs of donated clothing are sold in second-hand stores, the remaining 8lbs is put into landfills IN THE UNITED STATES... Consumption has increased 80% in the past 10 years and continues to grow
The increase of disposable clothing and fast fashion is largely effecting the apparel industry
To meet low prices and consumer demand, drastic sacrifices being made
Our worlds raw materials are depleting
Prices for natural resources are climbing THE ISSUE IN CANADA... By Lindsay and Kirstyn Global Issues Presentation "YIKES WHAT ARE WE DOING?" Wear, donate, recycle (even your bra!)
Dress For Success
Take care of our garments and smart wash
Depot centers collect textile waste
Curbside collections
Recycling stations and pick-up services
Buy-back centers
Consignment boutiques
Use recycled packaging
look for Bluesign® certified mills and products WHAT CAN WE DO? Recycling uses less energy then it would to produce the same item brand-new

Challenges For Recycling:
Sorting and separating collected textiles
Depends mostly on manual handling
Labor intensive and high costs

Business Flaws:
Only 30% of textiles go though the recycling business
Only 50% of the collected textiles are re-usable
Cannot compete with low-cost productions coming from Asia TELL ME ABOUT RECYCLING! WHAT RECYCLES Denim
Pre-Consumer textile materials (manufacturing leftovers)
Manufacturing mis-colour and cuts
Organic and virgin materials
Cotton and linen and be composted
Textile waste WHO RECYCLES Patagonia fleece
Polartec polyester jackets from plastic
Levis denim and insulation
American Eagle denim
lululemon recycled polyester running tops
Repreve fabrics and trims by Unifi (Kendor)
H&M line
Nike and Timbaland Shoes for tires and playgrounds Amount of waste
Emissions of greenhouse gases
Wasted energy
Air pollution and climate change
Shortage of clean water
Use of raw materials WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? YOU! The textiles industry is a $1 trillion business worldwide making it the worlds second largest industry Globally the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and Water in the textile industry make it one of the most polluting and waste-generating sectors of the world!
Process of textile production
Synthetics vs. natural fibers
Dying, printing and fabric finishes pollute air and water
Animals are on the verge of extinction
Clean water is overused
Landfill disposal creates toxic chemical pollution THE HEALTH AND
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS THE GOVERNMENT Municipal textile recycling programs
Fines for littering
Generating more and new jobs
Creating new re-cycled products
Choosing to wear recycled products
Saving money on disposal fees
Keeping resources out of landfills
Keeping animals in their natural environment YOU CAN
WILL REDUCE... http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120425/dq120425a-eng.htm
Going Global by Grace I. Kunz & B. Garner
http://www.bluesign.com/ Bibliography
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