04 Dec '11, 2am

textiles recycling in fashion industry #emergingpowers

textiles recycling in fashion industry #emergingpowers

It is estimated that more than 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year in the UK alone. At least 50% of the textiles we throw away are recyclable, however, the proportion of textile wastes reused or recycled annually in the UK is only around 25%. Recovery and recycling provide important environmental benefits. Textile recovery: Reduces the need for landfill space. Textiles present particular problems in landfill as synthetic (man-made fibres) products will not decompose, while woollen garments do decompose and produce methane, which contributes to global warming. Reduces pressure on virgin resources. Results in less pollution and energy savings, as fibres do not have to be manufactured or transported from abroad. If everyone in the UK bought one reclaimed woollen garment each year, it would save an average of 371 million gallons of water (the average UK res...

Full article: http://www.ethicalfashionforum.com/the-issues/recycling

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