SOLAR PRODUCTION117.9MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
EQUIVALENT TO 91.4 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
EQUIVALENT TO $12,620 DOLLARS SAVED
EQUIVALENT TO 198,140 MILES NOT DRIVEN
Last week we reported on Sustainable Apparel 101 and looking beyond the label. Keeping with that theme, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share our story on Textile Recycling, originally published February 3, 2015.
Most of us are well-intentioned environmental stewards. It doesn’t take too much effort to recycle standard items like glass, paper and plastic. And we donate used clothing to charities like Goodwill and The Salvation Army when we can … but what about destroyed textiles? While we may think it’s fine to throw away fabric that can no longer be used in its current form, these textiles are adding up in the landfills.
The U.S. EPA estimates:
This waste problem is due in large part to ignorance. While textile donating has been around for a long time, nonprofits don’t always have the resources to take in items they can’t immediately sell or donate themselves.
On top of this, the amount of textiles Americans generate every year is massive – and growing (to be clear, textiles include clothing, footwear, accessories, towels, bedding, drapery, etc.).
One solution to this waste problem is simply being a smarter consumer. When is the last time you donated clothing with the tags still on? Buy what you need, buy what you want and buy textiles that serve a purpose. The first step to cutting waste starts with using less.
The next step is donating to places where textiles that aren’t able to be sold in their current state are recycled or repurposed.
Based on their current state, these items can be:
As nonprofits can’t always accommodate this, a for-profit textile recycling industry has emerged, providing donation bins to recycle and re-sell disposed textiles. There’s speculation to the validity of for-profit recycling, making it crucial for these businesses to promote transparent and ethical practices. Some businesses go so far as to allow customers to track where their items end up, as well as gain profit from the donations themselves.
We know textiles are a major industry, but we also know that clothes have a shelf life. Make sure your textiles find new life after your time with them is through.
Find out where you can donate your textiles through the Council for Textile Recycling.
You may not think “sustainability” when you think about NASCAR – but the sport’s making a major effort to go greener. Find out how.VIEW ARTICLE
Make this year a little greener and a little cleaner with these seven fast and easy tips.VIEW ARTICLE
Recycling technology has come a long way, but infrastructure lags behind. America Recycles Day is trying to change that – find out how.VIEW ARTICLE
Many people are making these green mistakes, are you one of them? Here are nine tips to help you go greener and increase sustainability.VIEW ARTICLE
Light bulbs. Batteries. And…garden hoses? Ever wonder what you can recycle– and what to do with items you can’t?VIEW ARTICLE
The Fourth of July is the blockbuster holiday of the summer when we celebrate our nation’s independence with food, drinks and of course, fireworks! But as you enjoy yourself this Fourth of July weekend, remember these simple steps you can take to help keep this nation looking its best.VIEW ARTICLE
Moving offices isn’t something a business has to do very often. But when you’re a Fortune 500 omnichannel retailer, moving one of many offices becomes something of a habit. How can you do this AND reduce your carbon footprint?VIEW ARTICLE
In 2013 alone, Americans threw away more than 37 million tons of food. While eating until you drop is as synonymous with Thanksgiving as Macy’s Parade, maybe it’s time to change our thinking on our Thanksgiving feast.VIEW ARTICLE
These sustainable tips are simple and straightforward, but can make a world of difference for your student – as well as yourself.VIEW ARTICLE
Americans throw away an estimated 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. We can cut down the waste – and hopefully the stress – of the holiday season by thinking sustainably.VIEW ARTICLE
Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. Everyone knows what recycling is, but many of us still lack the action and awareness to make the biggest impact and the smallest footprint we can on our environment. What can YOU do to make a change?VIEW ARTICLE
Everyone loves a tailgate on a nice Autumn day, but sustainability tends to fall by the wayside at these events. There are easy tricks to go green and still have a blast.VIEW ARTICLE
It’s not all about the red, white and blue. Make sure your summer festivities are green as possible.VIEW ARTICLE
Most people know the recycling basics. But there’s much more below the surface. Do you know the different types of recycling? What about recycling taboos? You can recycle much more than you might think.VIEW ARTICLE
Changing motor oil is a necessary evil. But it turns out your old oil can be turned into a valuable resource if recycled properly.VIEW ARTICLE