Environmental Obsession: Textile Waste

“There are nowhere near enough people in America to absorb the mountains of castoffs, even if they were given away.” says Pietra Rivoli, a professor of international business at the McDonough School of Business of Georgetown University.

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 Annual Textile Waste by decade.

She writes that each year Americans purchase approximately 1 billion garments made in China, the equivalent of four pieces of clothing for every U.S. citizen. This results in  NYC residents discarding 193,000 tons of textiles every year, at a cost to… our environment.

Most need a visual. Allow me.

Most people aren’t aware that clothing and textiles are nearly 100 percent recyclable. More and more people are recycling their old attire, whether it’s through donation, thrift store shopping or simple curbside recycling. The textile making process is energy and resource intensive.

What can you do to make a change?

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