The Importance of Recycling Textiles
When a piece of clothing has reached the end of its life, you may be tempted to toss it in the trash and grab something new. However, textiles of all kinds are more useful than you know. Recycling these items can have a profound effect on other people and the environment. Keep reading to understand 2nd Avenue’s stance on the importance of recycling textiles.
That Clothing Is Still Useful
Whether through monetary donations or repurposing the clothes themselves, recycling textiles helps people in need get the garments they need. Recycled clothing is often shipped to developing nations to be redistributed, granting the clothing a new life. This also gives people in developing nations access to higher-quality clothing compared to local manufacturers, who may use less-than-ideal production methods or labor.
It Saves Energy
It may seem strange to think about your clothing using up energy, but clothing manufacturers use a surprising amount of it to produce their mass quantities of clothes. Electricity and water consumption are both serious concerns in the clothing industry. By recycling your old clothing, you reduce the demand for the creation of brand-new clothes. This also incentivizes clothing companies to replace their production methods with environmentally friendlier ones.
Keep It Out of Landfills
The bane of our environment’s existence, landfills unfortunately fill with tons of old clothing every year. It’s not that clothing is simply padding the walls of landfills—throwing out clothing in this way directly harms the environment as well. Some synthetic fibers will never break down in a landfill, and even some natural fibers are still harmful. For example, woolen garments release methane as they break down, only adding to the global warming problem.
Change the Industry
It can be difficult to feel like you’re making a difference when you’re up against large corporations such as clothing manufacturers. Remember, you as the consumer have the power to change how they do business. By recycling and reusing clothing, you create an environment they must adapt to. If demand for new clothes drops, the industry will be forced to change its ways to keep up. This can lead to corporations adopting new environmentally friendly production methods and reducing their energy consumption.
Here at 2nd Avenue, we want to teach people the importance of recycling textiles because of the massive effects it can have on our world and communities. Our thrift stores in Woodbridge, VA, and around the East Coast are open and ready to accept clothing donations so that we can keep our planet healthier by preventing clothing waste.