Reuse + Recycle
From production to disposal, clothing Is significantly harmful to our environment with around 140 million pounds worth of clothing sent to landfill each year. Clothing being left in landfill causes dangerous carbon emissions and waste, which highlights how beneficial recycling and reusing clothing is to the environment. Denim, in particular, is one of the most polluting materials in the industry and the most common piece in our nation’s wardrobes. In order to become sustainable, the industry needs to guarantee a circular economy which aims to “move beyond fashion’s linear model of take, make and waste, to close the loop.” - Mud Jeans, 2018.
‘It’s about educating buyers that recycled products
can be modern and sophisticated’
- Anna Foster, founder of E.L.V Denim
Ways of reusing + recycling
- Donating to stores who are currently upcycling clothing in exchange for a discount in store
- Host or visit a swap party to exchange your clothing
- Finding companies who recycle materials into useful outcomes such as www.bluejeansgogreen.org, who recycle denim into insulation for housing
- DIY into something new
- Sell clothing online through second hand selling platforms
- Look for stores nearby which offer repair and alteration services
- Reduces greenhouse gases
- Saves landfill space
- Conserves energy
- Benefits people in developing countries
by supporting local businesses
and... It’s easy!
Almost 100% of household textiles
and clothing can be recycled
There is a possibility for a sustainable future for the textile industry if we continue to improve current innovative methods of production and follow the principles of the circular economy. It will also be very beneficial if more consumers were to make a conscious effort to query the source of their clothing and dispose of their garments sustainably or give them a new life.