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 plan

Prof. Eric Malm

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Recycling, Reuse, Reducing Textile Waste

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