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Re-using Textiles Facts

  • The average North American discards over 65 pounds of clothing and textiles each year
  • The textiles thrown away in one year in Canada could fill Toronto's Rogers Centre (formerly Sky Dome) three times over
  • The vast majority (89%) of discarded textiles still have 75% wear left
  • Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use would lead to a 5-10% reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints

Textiles Recycling Facts

  • There are multiple environmental benefits associated with recycling clothing. It reduces the amount of pesticides used in growing cotton or to make fabrics from petroleum sources and the water needed to dye fabrics, and cuts down on the pollutants, greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds released into the water and air from manufacturing processes.
  • The textile recycling industry recycles 93% of its waste, without producing any new hazardous waste or harmful by-products
  • Recycled textiles may be broken down into insulation, upholstery stuffing, or ingredients in paper products - newspapers are traditionally called Rags because of the recycled fabric content