Reduce The Environmental Impact

The secondhand clothing industry’s environment benefits range from fewer carbon emissions to saving water and reducing waste.

Studies have  helped further quantify these sustainability benefits. The studies have showen that exporting used textiles results in an estimated annual net savings of 190,000 tons of CO2 and reduce water consumption by 70 million cubic meters (18 billion gallons) due to the offset production of new textiles and materials!

Three of the many reasons why buying second-hand is better for the Earth than buying new:

1. Less clothing in landfills.
More than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather sent to landfill in Australia alone

2. Less resources used and wasted.
1 pair of jeans you may be wearing right now took roughly 6,814 litres of water to make. The production process of making one pair of jeans also generates greenhouse gases equivalent to driving over 129 kilometres. Similar numbers apply to tee shirts, skirts, and most other articles of clothing.

3. Less pollution.
About 90 percent of the cotton grown for textiles is genetically modified, which means it is heavily reliant on pesticides. In fact, almost 20 percent of pesticide use worldwide is for use on cotton plants. These chemicals contaminate nearby water supplies and acidify the soil. The dyes used in the textile making process also pollute water supplies. They are often dumped directly into nearby rivers or lakes. and the production of the synthetic fabrics releases nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that is 310 times stronger than carbon dioxide

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Recycling your clothing will:

  • conserve raw materials and save water and energy
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • reduce landfill
  • provide affordable clothing to needy families and individuals
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