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Clothing Waste FAQ'S

CLOTHING IN LANDFILLS FAQ'S

FASHION INDUSTRY STATISTICS

  • Second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. (3)
  • The fashion industry contributes 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions
  • The US is the largest importer of garments in the world; nearly 40% of apparel products sold in the US are imported from China.(2)

WASTE

  • Nearly 20% of global waste water is produced by the fashion industry. (9)
  • Cotton farming is responsible for 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides, despite using only 3% of the world’s arable land. (9)
  • 20,000 liters is the amount of water needed to produce one kilogram of cotton; equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans.(10)
  • It takes more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. (3)
  •  in 2013 12.8 million tons of textile waste were discarded.
  • About 15% of fabric intended for clothing ends up on the cutting room floor.
  • In Hong Kong, there are 253 tons of textiles sent to landfill , DAILY!

RECYCLE TEXTILES

  • Consumers throw away shoes and clothing [versus recycle], an average of 70 pounds per person, annually. (5)
  • A few communities have textile recycling programs, about 85% of this waste goes to landfills where it occupies about 5% of landfill space and the amount is growing.(5)
  • Up to 95% of the textiles that are land filled each year could be recycled. (7)
  • Landfill space is expensive and hard to find. (5)
  • Using recycled cotton saves 20,000 liters of water per kilogram of cotton, a water-intensive crop. (8)

USED CLOTHING

  • The U. S. is the largest exporter of second hand clothing. It exports over a billion pounds of used clothing every year.(6)
  • Over 70% of the world’s population use second hand clothes.(7)
  • Consumers in the United Kingdom have an estimated $46.7 billion worth of unworn clothes in their closets. (2)

Reference Notes:
https://fashionunited.com/global-fashion-industry-statistics
http://www.business2community.com/fashion-beauty/30-shocking-figures-facts-global-textile-apparel-industry-01222057#hBWEEKFemo8cCM9Q.97
http://www.alternet.org/environment/its-second-dirtiest-thing-world-and-youre-wearing-it; Forbes – Making Climate Change Fashionable – The Garment Industry Takes on Global Warming
Timo Rissanen, “From 15% to 0: Investigating the creation of fashion without the creation of fabric waste,” Presenter, Kreativ Institute for Design og Teknologi, September 2005.
http://worldwearproject.com/about-us/global-responsibility
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_trade_of_secondhand_clothing
http://www.smartasn.org/ | Secondary Materials and Recycling Textiles [SMART]
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1964887/
United Nations Partnership on Sustainable Fashion and the SDG’s
https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/cotton
Other References:
Textile Exchange Fast Facts – textile-product waste-fast-facts, PDF.
Forbes – Making Climate Change Fashionable – The Garment Industry Takes on Global Warming
http://www.wrap.org.uk/
https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/sustainable-fashion-blog/2015/jan/14/10-things-learned-zero-waste-fashion-industry
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