What if humanity actually committed itself, at the level of a national government, to learning from and working with nature? What if environmentalism didn't mean (only) marching in the streets, pumping one's fists or chaining oneself to a tree?
As clothing manufacturers and governments address waste in both the pre-consumer and post-consumer stages of the global textiles lifecycle, what can we easily do to reduce clothing waste -- and save money?
Twice a day, Beijing's Chaoyang Circular Economy Industrial Park hosts a showcase waste site in Gaoantun. Benches and trees give the site a park-like feel. Citizens are invited to tour -- and smell -- the facility.
Our natural environment and the resource base for the world economy are inexorably linked. Therefore these two crucial parts must come together for the house to remain standing, as our species is now heading toward 8 billion by 2025.
Public parks don't tend to be cash cows, but the park that sits on top of the old Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island is different. It will be three times the size of Central Park and will sit atop 50 years of trash produced by five boroughs.
Unless they're recycled or sent to landfill, plastic bags slowly degrade outdoors, often reaching the ocean and interfering with life there. So how are local stores and shoppers dealing with grocery bags today?
While we're out improving access to textile recycling in communities across the country, we are sometimes confronted with the notion that thrift stores and charities already collect most unwanted clothing. The facts don't support that line of thinking.
I expect that in order to move the recycling needle significantly forward we need our legislators to step up to the plate and actually ban the disposal of materials that can and therefore should be recycled 100 percent.