Our Current ProblemAccording to the EPA, in 2017, the US discarded approximately 17 million tons of clothing. Textiles left rotting release methane gas and CO2 into the atmosphere, further accelerating the effects of climate change.
Extending the life through education
The image above depicts donations received by one local thrift store in a city of approximately one million residents. Hand Wash Only Co keeps good clothing in circulation by reselling on the Poshmark App. While providing education and care instructions to help extend the life of each garment.
Upcycle: giving new life
In the past, African countries purchased most unsold clothing, but many now refuse to accept textile waste from the west. To keep unwanted clothing from entering the landfills, a process of upcycling can turn textiles waste into new products.
The hidden impact
Conventional cotton tote bags are more harmful than people realize. The ever-thirsty cotton plant takes over 30,000 liters to create 1kg of cotton. One cotton shirt uses approximately 2,700 liters of water. Not to mention, the dyeing process can pollute waterways. Growing cotton requires the use of harmful pesticides, and the runoffs continue to harm wildlife and the farming community. (source)
Useful home products made sustainably with old unwanted jeans, rescued textiles, and recycled PET fabrics.