Textile and Garment Recycling Facts and Figures

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Update time : 2019-06-12 14:56:00
Textile and clothing recycling is a potentially beneficial activity from environmental, social and economic points of view, as opposed to landfilling or being used for energy. As cities increasingly divert other high-volume waste streams such as organics, the recycling of old clothes has been called the next frontier for cities looking to reduce solid waste.

The main benefit of textile recycling activities is the opportunity to reuse clothing. Through the reuse of clothes and textiles, we can avoid pollution and energy-intensive production of new clothing. Additionally, clothing that cannot be reused may be repurposed into products such as rags or recycled into fabric or other material for reprocessing.

There are some caveats, however. As Greenpeace cautioned in a 2016 press release, the "technological challenges mean full recycling of clothing into new fibers is still far from commercially viable." Even the recovery and sale of used clothing has been a controversial topic, especially for export to developing nations.