We all know about the environmental challenges we face with global warming and ever-filling landfill sites, but did you know that the textile recycling was one of the first initiatives to respond to the challenge?
UK consumers spend an average of £780 per head annually on 2.15 million tonnes of clothing – an average of 35kg per person. Sadly, only about one eighth of unwanted clothing is sent for re-use through charities and the rest is discarded.
However, the recycling industry currently only reclaims 15% of the total textile waste that is produced. So what about that additional 85% that goes straight to landfill? Well the tragedy is that over 90% of that textile waste is perfectly recyclable.
Approximately 93% of all textile waste sent for recycling is successfully reclaimed with about 35% going out as used clothing, 33% as reprocessed fibres (filler in vehicle seats, upholstery and insulation, etc), 25% is converted to cloth wipes – with only 7% ending up in landfill.
What can you do?
Donate your clothes to charity shops directly, this way you know that it is going to a good cause. If you are connected to a business or organisation, could you host one of our recycling banks in your car park? If you do, we will pay you a percentage of the value of each tonne we collect for your charity, community organisation or even work’s fund.
Recycling not only makes green sense – it can make financial sense too with Savanna Rags.