This is no longer a secret: more and more of our cheap clothing end up in the landfills. Some might say they donate and others they recycle. But the fact is, what we recycle or donate is less than a half of what goes in the landfills. Did you know experts estimate that British consumers throw out more than a million tons (1.1 million U.S. tons) of textiles in the form of clothes and other products every year?
According to the Bureau of International Recycling “a single kilogram of collected used clothing can help reduce up to 3.6 kilograms, or almost 8 pounds, of CO2 emissions. Recycling textiles — rather than producing new ones from raw materials — can also eliminate the use of 6000 liters of water (1600 gallons), 300 grams of fertilizer (10 1/2 ounces) and 200 grams, or 7 ounces, of pesticide” (Christopher F. SCHUETZE).
That’s a huge step toward Sustainable Fashion!
Textile 4 Textile, a Dutch consortium has developed a fabric-sorting machine that uses sensors to detect and divide fibers by chemical composition and color. This technology aims at resizing fashion’s carbon footprint and improving the garments recycling processes.
“The machine is said to be capable of wading through 4, 0000 tons of textiles each year. It uses infrared light to identify specific fabric types before harnessing air-stream technology to “blow” each item into separate bins for wool, cotton, polyester, acrylic, and common fiber mixtures”( Alyssa Alimurung).
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