Producing new clothing takes its toll on our planet. Here’s why:
- Clothing and household textiles make up 4.67% of the waste stream. In Florida, it is about 10%.
- Polyester, the most commonly manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum in an energy-intensive process that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and acid gases into the air. The process also uses large amounts of water for cooling.
- The manufacturing of nylon emits nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with a carbon footprint 310 times that of carbon dioxide. “Easy care” and “permanent press” cottons are treated with formaldehyde, a toxic chemical.
- Rayon, derived from wood pulp, often relies on clearing old growth forests to make way for water-hungry eucalyptus trees, from which the fiber is derived.
- Cotton, found in most clothing, is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world. It takes 1/3 of a pound of pesticides to make 1 t-shirt.
- Dyeing textiles require a huge amount of water, and its fixatives often flow into rivers and sewers.
- The US dollar is made of 80% recycled cotton. You are spending your old jeans!
Recycling your unwanted clothes really does have an impact on the environment.
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