DID YOU KNOW
the EPA estimates that textiles make up 5% of all landfills in the US
only 15% of unwanted clothing is actually recycled
the average US citizen throws away an estimated 70 lbs worth of textile waste annually.
When we think of waste, we often envision things like crushed up plastic water bottles, soiled food wrappers and dirty diapers, not a perfectly wearable pair of jeans that got thrown away just because they don’t fit anymore.
A textile is any item made from cloth or an artificial fabric like vinyl. Textiles are used for clothing, linens, bedding, upholstery, curtains, carpets, and other items. Any textile item, even if it’s worn, torn, or stained, can be recycled. You can even recycle a single shoe! Items simply need to be clean and dry.