One of my favorite clothing companies, Preloved, has an incredibly simple eco-sensitive idea – make new clothes from old clothes. According to charityguide.org, the average American disposes of 67.9 pounds of clothing and rags each year. “Collectively, Americans discard two quadrillion pounds (that's a two with fifteen zeroes!!) of used clothing and textiles into the landfills each year . . . although almost 95% of used clothing is reusable or recyclable.” In addition, manufacturing clothing from scratch uses more resources and creates much more environmental waste.
Preloved, a Canadian company, offers affordable, one-of-a-kind designer pieces made from gently used clothing and other items (such a bed-sheets). According to Treehugger.com, Preloved’s Spring 2006 collection included 7,000 lbs. of recycled bed sheets, 30,000 sweaters, thousands of t-shirts and hundreds of pounds of jeans.
All I can say is WOW!!
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For a really informative article (with pictures!) on the environmental impacts of the apparel industry, see “Waste Couture: Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry” in the online version of the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).