84% of textile waste is sent to landfills at a cost of $3.7 billion.

Did you know, textiles increased in the municipal solid waste stream by a staggering 71% between 2000 and 2014? That is more than double the growth of any other major waste category. During the same time, textile diversion rates remained stagnant at 15%-16%.

 

A majority of this unprecedented growth in textile waste is driven by fast fashion and consumer behavior. Fashion cycles – from catwalk to retailer – move at lightning speed with multiple cycles per year. Add on the fact that our culture is steeped in rapid consumerism and you end up with disposable clothing.

 


Textile and Apparel Flows in the U.S.

RRS Analysis of Textile and Apparel Flows in U.S.

Thicker Line = Larger Volume
Green = Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose; Red = Incineration; Gray = Landfill

 


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