Staggering wake up call for the fashion industry. Glad there are some leaders using their profits to create a Roadmap for the future!
"According to the report, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is burned or dumped into a landfill every second—and roughly $500 billion is lost annually due to clothing that’s hardly used and not recycled back into the system. What’s more, clothes, which represent more than 60 percent of textiles used globally, release half a million tons of microfibers into bodies of water each year—potentially harming marine animals and human food chains.
The report said the average number of times a garment is worn before being discarded or reused has decreased 36 percent compared to 15 years ago, while worldwide, consumers waste $460 billion each year by discarding clothes they could have continued to use.
Fashion’s linear system also uses large amounts of resources—and the lack of conserving resources is harming people and the planet. According to the report, less than 1 percent of material used to manufacture clothing is recycled into new apparel—demonstrating a loss of more than $100 billion in materials each year. Since the industry mostly uses non-renewable resources—98 million tons in total each year—this waste puts pressure on available resources and results in mass pollution. The report argues that if the industry continues this path, it will use up to a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050."
Did someone say they need feedstock? We've got that!
Working with your local textile reclamation operators is crucial to creating a circular economy.
We need to support local supply chains that can provide material readily available for recycling by local manufacturing industries.
"Recycling is certainly no easy task Bagrodia says: “The main challenge is in the procurement and collection of the waste materials.” He believes that the secret to making recycling textiles work as a commercial venture is good organisation in the collection, making the material sourcing more reliable and therefore more attractive to brands."
Hey guess what...that's what we do!
Green Zone is a reliable source of collected textiles for reuse and recycling.
Reach out to your favorite brands and let them know consumers want them to use sustainable practices, USA manufacturers, and recycled fibers!