According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Landfills across the US received more than 11.3 million tons of textile waste in 2018. While many textiles can be recycled, only about 2.5 million tons of textiles were recycled in 2018. Although many different types of clothing are reused throughout the US by thrift stores and other organizations, there is still a massive amount of waste each year. This creates a clear need for sustainable practices to be used more heavily in the fashion industry, but what does it mean to be sustainable in the fashion industry?
Cotopaxi is a travel apparel brand that brings together sustainable manufacturing, along with a people-focused mission. Many of their products are created from recycled material that otherwise would end up in landfills. “We believe the products that get us exploring can make a positive impact in other people’s lives. That’s why we create sustainably designed outdoor gear that fuels both adventure and global change, by dedicating a percentage of our revenues to nonprofits working to improve the human condition.”
Check out Cotopaxi’s website for more information about its products and mission.
H&M creates clothing products purchased all over the world, and in a bid to create a more sustainable process, H&M has created H&M Conscious products. These products follow harsh guidelines such as having to be made of at least 50% sustainable materials. These sustainable materials are organic cotton or recycled polyester and usually make up more than just the 50% that is advertised. H&M is currently working to increase the sustainable products they offer, pushing innovation into having a complete range of recycled products.
Check out the H&M website for more information on these sustainable products.
Levi’s has been working to innovate in its industry through the use of sustainable practices paired with new technologies. “We focus on the innovations that make our jeans and all other products as durable as ever—materials crafted with thoughtful quality from sourcing to finishing, that help create a bond between you and the products you buy. With our innovations in Cottonized Hemp, Levi’s® WellThread, WaterLess® technology, and other production techniques, we’re using fewer resources and making less waste. Our philosophy on durability extends beyond just everyday use. Levi’s® products are made to be worn and designed to get better with age.”
Check out Levi’s website to learn more about its sustainability process here.
TenTree works to have multiple positive impacts on the environment as well as the fashion industry as a whole. For every item sold Tentree will plant a tree. A simple goal but this is something that creates an immensely positive impact throughout the environment. Tentree has planted more than 50 million trees and the number continues to grow daily. Additionally, the products made by Tentree follow sustainable practices through the use of recycled materials and ethically sourced materials.
Check out the Tentree website for more information on their products and mission here.
Our team at Recyclops makes it easy to recycle today straight from the convenience of your home. With our service, you know that your recyclables are going to a designated recycling facility and not a landfill. Learn more about where your recycling goes here.
Depending on your location, recycling is as easy as putting all your materials in one or more bags (depending on how many you have) and putting them right on your doorstep or curbside. Your local Recyclops driver will be there to pick up your materials and ensure they arrive at the destination. And don’t worry about making space for another bin, Recyclops bags or carts come with all our services and pickups come at your convenience.
We want to make recycling easy and simple, and that starts with recycling on your schedule.