Green: Refashion, Recycle and Reuse
The statistics vary on how we as a nation rate for recycling textile goods, but apparently we aren’t very green in this area. Individuals give away clothing to thrift stores, if they are at the right season or if they are accepting clothing. Even so our nation is said to contribute 13.1 million tons of the 78 million tons of textiles discarded each year. 2 million of the 13.1 million tons of discards are being reclaimed for recycling purposes. That seems like a problem that we all have to solve together.
Textiles in a Landfill
For Threadz, the goal of becoming a green business is being realized by reclaiming local scrap textiles and making them useful. Scraps from a local re-upholstery shop (a family owned business that is on it’s second generation of saving scraps for recycling) are being used to make smaller items. Existing, outdated wardrobe items are being refashioned into exciting new things. Green goods are being made out of reclaimable fabrics to make new things fashionably suited for today’s trends. This helps to responsibly maintain our environment in our little corner of the world.
We can minimize the disposal of textile wastes. For some ideas on how you can manage your textile waste, you can read the second paragraph here and use your favorite search engine and keyword “how to recycle textiles”. We all can find ways to re-purpose things instead of throwing them out. In fact, “re-purpose diy” is a another great set of keywords to use. There you will find ideas on re-purposing things that might not have crossed your mind that can be attractive for reuse. I personally find it a fun challenge to re-purpose things in such a way that you have to think a little before you realize the prior use. I have had people stare at re-purposed zipper projects for a while before the light bulb goes on and they ask if I used a zipper! <3 Go ahead, make my day!
Time is a precious commodity, and finding time to reduce our own waste can be a challenge. If you have children at home, why not ask them to help with this project? It helps to teach the next generation responsibility, which is our responsibility to do. It also helps to redirect your focus off of the inconvenience of recycling, to that of being responsible caretakers who take pride in environmentally friendly activity.
Please allow me to challenge you to think through what you can do to reduce your contribution to the landfill.