That snuggly robe seems innocuous enough, but when it winds up in a landfill it can do real damage. Textiles aren’t as harmless as they look, and textile recycling is critical. Natural fibers are durable, and that’s a problem; they take hundreds of years to decompose. Naturally, they contribute to the problem of landfill overuse. They may even release methane and CO2 gases into the atmosphere and toxic substances into groundwater when they’re in a landfill.
Five percent of US municipal waste was textiles in 2010, with only fifteen percent of textiles being recycled. There is more than 13,000,000 tons of textile waste in the US every year. According to a report just released by the EPA, recycling textiles has more than five times the impact of recycling lawn trimmings, more than four times the impact of grass recycling, more than plastic recycling, and textile recycling has almost as much impact as aluminum recycling.
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