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Textile Recycling

An Industry of Waste

Raheen Khan

on 9 May 2014

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Transcript of Textile Recycling

Roots Best practices-The Industry Best Practices-The Consumers Results Core Problems by consumers Key Issues Profit Post Consumer Textile Waste
From Roots to Results Producer's responsibility
Recycling bins; take back initiatives

Creative Solutions
Design apparel for multiple functions

Labeling of fiber combination helps in sorting and reuse

Innovative Technology
Efficient energy and materials use will conserve resources Mindful Consumption
Excessive consumerism is exerting immense pressure on ecological resources and producing tons of waste

"Reuse, Recycle, Donate"

Share good quality textiles
It builds a strong community, whether within families or local through local clothing drives Impacts The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space

The average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually

At the current rate of consumerism, the production will increase and so will the waste Pressure on virgin materials

Use of chemical fertilizers and dyes

Extensive energy and water consumption

Costs of post consumer textile waste management

Increase in landfill space; emission of CO2 Solutions by industry + government People are not aware what can be recycled Advocate generic recycling options to consumers Lack of information on material sourcing and production methods Create transparency- labels of fair trade clothes can reduce waste Where to donate? Provide in stores recycling bins, local community clothing drives The Second Life Image Source http://www.usagain.com/upload/World_Wide_Waste_v03_19_2013-01.png Image Source http://www.usagain.com/upload/recyclingaddsup.pdf 48% of the post-consumer textile waste is typically sold to developing countries

In 2010, the US exported over one hundred million kilograms of used clothing to Central America

Recycled textile industry provides clothes to low income household in the US and developing countries

It creates jobs in sorting, transportation and distribution 4 out of 7 people are more likely to shop at a business if they know it is hosting a textile recycle bin People Second hand clothing industry provides affordable clothing to those in need Planet Post consumer textile recycling consumes less energy and water. It conserves raw materials and has a lower carbon footprint References (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.weardonaterecycle.org/about/issue.html Recycling facts. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bir.org/industry/textiles/ Textile exchange fastfacts. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://info.textileexchange.org/Portals/135316/docs/fastfacts_textile_product_waste_v1.pdf For planet. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.usagain.com/for-planet Resources http://www.smartasn.org/ http://www.usagain.com/ https://www.sustainuclothing.com/store/index.php/english/ http://www.grownyc.org/ Raheen Khan
Economics of Sustainability
April 29th 2013
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