The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. The production of new fabrics is trashing our planet and causing environmental issues across the globe.
Fashion is not helping the severe climate crisis we currently face. The production of new fashion items causes rivers and streams to become polluted and depletes local water sources.
Fast fashion is also mainly produced in regions of the world that are not equipped to deal with the environmental degradation the industry causes.
If so much of our textile production ends up as waste, what can we do to stop the problem before it starts?
Recycling clothing is one of the best solutions we can use going forward. Keep reading to find out how and why recycling your clothes has a positive impact on the planet.
Why Do We Need to Recycle Clothes?
Have you ever thought about how much work goes into making one item of clothing?
Maybe not. Fashion is so easily accessible that it is entirely normal to pick up a t-shirt in a store that costs less than €10.
For many non-synthetic garments, life starts in the field. Most often, this is in the form of cotton. Cotton is a plant notorious for requiring vast amounts of land, water, and pesticides to grow.
Did you know that to produce one pair of jeans, 6,813 liters of water is required?
The answer to the question of why we need to recycle – the only way we can replenish the earth’s resources and not wholly deplete them is by using what we already have. This can be by using old clothes materials to make new ones, or simply giving clothes we no longer need to someone else.
Which Clothes Can Be Recycled?
The answer to this question is simple. Everything can be recycled or reused in some way or another.
Whether it is a cotton dress repurposed into another item or a jacket given to a new owner, clothes recycling isn’t that complicated once you know how it works.
How Can They Be Recycled?
There are many ways clothes can be recycled. You can donate your clothes to a thrift store or charity shop for resale. Charities collect clothing donations to either sell or send to developing countries.
Some fashion brands will now even offer you a discount if you return old clothes when purchasing something new. The idea behind this is that they reuse the old garments and turn them into recycled clothing materials.
Are you still wondering what impact recycling your clothes has on creating a more sustainable planet? Check the below points.
1. Recycling Clothing Creates Less Waste
If we stop producing as much as we currently do, we won’t need to discard as much. Simple as that. Currently, approximately 95% of textiles that are sent to landfill each year could be recycled.
Recycling our clothes keeps them out of a landfill and prevents unnecessary waste of resources.
2. Recycling Encourages A More Circular Economy
If we place more value on what we already have instead of constantly craving newness, we can create a more balanced and circular economy.
We should look after what we have, fix it when we can, and only buy things we know will last. The problem with the fast fashion mentality is that it makes it easy for us to discard something after only one or two wears.
This is an unsustainable practice and needs to stop. Sharing and reusing things that are already in existence will help us slow down the environments’ degradation.
3. Recycling Puts Less Pressure on Virgin Fabrics
The main bulk of the pollution caused by the fashion industry is through the production of new fabrics, as we discussed above.
If we recycle textiles more, there will be less need to produce new fabrics.
These days, there are so many innovative companies using cutting-edge technologies to produce sustainable, recycled fabric. Creating brand new materials is not only unsustainable but unnecessary.
4. Puts Less Pressure on the Environment
As we know, our resources are limited. It’s only a matter of time before we have drained the earth of its resources. If we can take steps to recycle more and produce less, our environment will thank us.
We can try to reverse some of the adverse effects pollution is having on the planet.
5. Makes Consumers More Conscious
Slowly and surely, consumers realize that we can’t keep going the way we are. We can’t send old clothes to landfills; we can’t keep buying more new clothes.
Consumers are more aware of the choices they make and how these choices impact the planet. There is much more demand for brands to be transparent and open about their supply chains.
The more awareness that we can raise about recycling clothes, the more sustainable our future will be.
Steps Towards A Sustainable Future
We can all play our part in creating a more sustainable, less impactful future.
Did you know the most sustainable fashion is the fashion you already own? Trying to get as many wears from your clothes as possible is a simple way to positively impact.
If you have clothes that no longer fit, give them a new lease of life by donating them. Many donated clothes are sent to countries that are in need of clothing.
Recycling clothing will have a long-lasting, positive impact on our planet and is one of the best ways to actively participate in preventing climate change.
Do you work in the fashion industry and need help with moving recycled clothes or materials? Get in touch; we would be happy to advise on how to do this.