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Recycling, Reuse, Reducing Textile Waste

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This presentation was created for the completed f course, “Energy, Ecology and Economy”, in Fall 2009. The accompanying paper was an important component of research for my Earth Citizens business …

This presentation was created for the completed f course, “Energy, Ecology and Economy”, in Fall 2009. The accompanying paper was an important component of research for my Earth Citizens business plan

Prof. Eric Malm

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  • 1. Economic Impact of Textile & Clothing Recycling Jana Hawley article Presented by: Deirdre Littlejohn
  • 2. Summary
    • There are millions of pounds of clothing and used textiles sent to the landfill each year
    • There are many ways to divert this highly recyclable matter from landfills
      • Consumers
        • Giving to charities
        • Don’t throw away old clothes, recycle them
        • Lobby for curbside pick up of old clothing
      • Businesses
        • Sell to rag dealers
        • Export used apparel and textiles
      • Governments
        • Policies that enable recycling pipeline
        • Curbside/ municipal collection of textiles
  • 3. Problem
    • Too much sent to landfill
      • High cost
      • Taking unnecessary space and land
    • Textile industry is “hidden”
      • Black markets
      • Not approved by
    • Lack of government support
    • Lack of knowledge and support of system
  • 4. Parties Involving Myriad of participants
    • Textile producers(pre- consumers)
    • Textile consumers
      • Pre vs. Post
    • Textile recycling pipeline participants
      • Charities and second hand retailers
      • Rag dealers- Graders
      • Market sellers
      • Engineers, fashion designers, industry leaders
  • 5. Environmental/ Economic Issue Textiles being sent to landfills
    • Textiles are consumed heavily in developed & developing countries
    • Fashion Cycles versus conservative consumption
    • Avg. cost to dump in U.S. landfill - $70 a pound
    • Avg. American throws away 68 pounds of clothing and
    • textiles a year
    • Old clothing and textiles are almost 100% recyclable
  • 6.  
  • 7. Discussion of proposed solutions
    • Consumers:
    • Donate to charities, never through textiles into the trash
    • Advocate for textile recycling in your local municipality
    • Pre- Consumers:
    • Proper disposal for “un-wearables” sold to poorer countries
    • Incineration of reclaimed fiber
      • Textiles as alt fuel source
    • What about Ethical Fashion?
  • 8. Environmentally Responsible Production
    • Ethical fashion-
    • An approach to:
    • Design, Sourcing , & Manufacture
    • … of clothing which is both socially and environmentally conscious and Sustainable.
    • What about Disposal ?
  • 9. Retooled Fashion
  • 10. New Products from Old
  • 11. Unexpected Materials
  • 12. New Textile Options Marcia Ganem Polyimide Garments