T h e S T R E A M :
Wait! Don't Toss that!
We have more access to the latest trends than ever and, with higher disposable income levels, we can refresh and replace our wardrobes more often than previous generations. With busy lifestyles and no time to mend, most of us contribute to the growing issue of textile waste.
While there are some innovative companies committed to textile recycling, it’s still a new approach that hasn’t reached peak efficiency, meaning recycled clothing is available but not yet at price points that are attractive for the majority of shoppers. And even though many of us make our seasonal trek to Goodwill with bags of clothing, Americans throw away 13 million tons of unwanted clothing meaning most of us harbor some guilt around our obsession with having the latest trends.
This earth day, we encourage you to lower the amount of waste Americans toss in old clothing by taking three easy steps to reducing waste:
1. Donate clothes you don't wear.
2. Give old clothes a new purpose.
Consider a wardrobe DIY. Distressed denim and patch work are hot this season and an easy way to upgrade your wardrobe by reusing fabric from old clothing or making an old pair of jeans look trendy.
3. One person's trash...
That sweater you’re tired of wearing just might be appealing to a friend! Grab some girlfriends and host a clothing swapping event! It’s a quick way to incorporate some fresh pieces in your wardrobe and doing your part for the planet while enjoying the company of good friends.