Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse
Recycling is simply taking old stuff and making it new again. American clothing manufacturers are doing just that by recycling plastic bottles, paper and more to create clothing you’ll be proud to wear.
Recycling clothing vs. recycled clothing
Recycling clothes means passing them along, donating them or using them to make something new, like a blanket or another piece of apparel.
Recycled clothes, on the other hand, are clothes that are created from other things. Athletic apparel manufacturer Champion, for example, has just introduced its Eco Fleece line. According to the company's website, "Every sweatshirt is made with fibers from recycled plastic bottles." Every purchase of an Eco Fleece item helps Champion keep a few of those bottles from hitting landfills. As part of Hanesbrands Inc., Champion's environmental leadership earned the company an EPA Energy Star 2010 Partner of the Year designation.
Clothes & American landfills
Fashions change so quickly, and we're eager to follow suit. Unfortunately, we don't understand the full impact our clothes obsession has on the environment.
Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year… contributing more than 4 percent of the solid waste stream, says the U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste. Not only is the quantity a problem, but so is the quality:
Additionally, most clothes are chemically dyed or treated with "easy care" agents containing formaldehyde.
Recycling: the latest fashion trend
Recycling turns potential waste into valuable resources. The EPA explains why recycling is so important for our nation:
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