Recycle Webinar #2: How U.S. Textile Recovery Works and Emerging Innovation in Sortation Technologies
Textile and apparel waste is a growing problem in the United States. Between 2000 and 2014, textiles increased in the municipal solid waste stream by a staggering 71% – more than double the growth of any other major waste category. At the same time, the EPA estimates the diversion rate of textiles remained stagnant at 15-16%. Approximately 84% of textile waste is consistently sent to landfills at an annual national cost of $3.7 billion, that is on track to reach $4.5 billion by 2020.
The unprecedented growth in textile waste is driven largely by consumer behavior and fast fashion. The speed at which consumers demand new styles, and fashion cycles move from catwalk to retailer, increase the number of cycles per year and feed a culture of rapid consumerism and disposable clothing.
This presents a growing risk to a variety of stakeholders:
- Designers, manufacturers, and retailers are seeing their brands connected with a fleeting product and excessive waste.
- Municipalities are left to manage high volumes of waste at increasing costs per ton.
- Producers face natural resource shortages and rising raw material costs.
- Consumers generate demand for low-quality, high-turnover garments, whose production has negative environment consequences and involves questionable labor practices.
Join RRS for the second in a 4-part webinar series. Speakers will provide an overview of how textile recycling works today and why we have not moved the needle in raising recycling rates in a decade.
• Moderator: Marisa Adler, Senior Consultant, RRS
- Bob Anderson, Vice President Sales, Curb My Clutter: The Collection Conundrum
- Laszlo Szekely, Business Development Engineer, TOMRA: Technological Innovations in Textile Recycling
- Adam Winfield, Founder of Simple Recycling
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