06 Jan '17, 11pm

85% of clothing ends up in landfill when only 15% is recycled or donated. Really? How the heck is this still even...

85% of clothing ends up in landfill when only 15% is recycled or donated. Really? How the heck is this still even...

During the late 90’s and early 2000’s, the blindingly sunny and windy South Floridian city which I lived caught the nationwide recycling bug. Every day, after gardening class (where I tended to my peanut plant!), I’d come home with facts about recycling, nature, and how with effort and hard work we were going to patch the ozone layer. My parents, busy with figuring the work-life balance of a seven-person household, tried their best to accommodate my enthusiasm. Immigrants themselves, they knew a thing or two about reusing and recycling. Yet, it never occurred to any of us the impact of recycling our clothes. My mother brought pretty much everything secondhand, mostly out of the love of a bargain and the need to keep a watchful eye on the family budget—while keeping our outfits fabulous. Image via Council for Textile Recycling It was only a couple of years ago, during my jo...

Full article: http://eco-chick.com/2016/05/35747/landfills-shouldnt-be-...

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