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.
The economy has taken a hit, but that doesn't seem to have stopped Americans from buying new clothes in high volume. In fact, the culture of consumption is still going strong, with Americans hungrier than ever for textiles.