Before throwing away textile waste like that shirt with the stain on it, or an old blanket, think again. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually.
The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space. While the EPA estimates that the textile recycling industry recycles approximately 3.8 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) each year, this only accounts for approximately 15% of all PCTW, leaving 85% in our landfills.
The Council for Textile Recycling’s Solution
Since the mid 1940’s U.S. charities and the post-consumer textile recycling industry have repurposed and recycled billions of pounds of clothing, household textiles, shoes, and accessories. This ensures your old clothing, footwear, and textiles continue to add value to the U.S. economy and beyond.
Take a look at the textile waste infographic below for some more mind-blowing facts about textile waste. You can also read more about Textile Recycling and Balers, and how Textile Waste Diversion in Canada collects, bales, and reused clothing and keeps it out of the landfill on our blog.
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