Can you believe that 60,000 pounds is the average amount of excess fabric, trims, buttons, zippers, thread and the likes produced at ONE midsize garment factory each week!
Holy BIG WASTE Batman!
That would equal 7.5 Adult Female Elephants
13333.33 Ordinary red bricks
Ready for another mind blowing figure? 11.9 MILLION TONS or 238 BILLION pounds of textiles were put into the municipal solid-waste streams in 2007. Of that, just 16% was sent to a recycling facility.
This is what 1 Million tons of trash looks like: http://blog.meetgreen.com/2009/04/one-million-tons-of-trash.html
That would equal about 1.5 million 16lb. bowling balls
57 Million Great White Sharks
14.8 Million Unloaded semi trucks
There are a lot of companies doing their part to reduce, recycle and re-use manufacturing waste. Send the textile industry a message by buying only recycled and organic products.
Below is a short list of some companies – please do your own research and support a cleaner Earth.
Go Green Sustainable Industries, LLC
Better For Babies
Loopworks; Sustainable Fashion Why Now, by Janet Hethorn
Natural Capitalism, by Paul Hawken, Armory Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins
Enviornmental Protection Agency
Fast Company July/August 2010.