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Textile Recycling

The Journey of an Upcycled Life

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 11.22.2016 | Style
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

Jamey Brittingham was ready to take on New York's fashion industry with eight hundred dollars and her trusty sewing machine after rounding up the funds at her graduation party from Radford University as a designer.

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership an Environmental Pollution Pass for Corporations?

Mattias Wallander | Posted 09.03.2016 | Green
Mattias Wallander

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says TPP will promote job growth and boost economic opportunity, but that economic growth for a few, is likely to spell environmental and financial catastrophe for the many.

California's Drought is Only the Beginning

Mattias Wallander | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Mattias Wallander

The methods in which we sustain our water are critical to human survival. California's water crisis may only be a drop in the bucket, compared to what can be in America's future, if things don't change.

Remove, Donate, Swap, Sell... And Repeat

Polina Groman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Polina Groman

Maybe that stunning skirt needs a new home or that delightful dress would have a better life being adorned by a new wearer...

Closet Hacks: How to Know When It's Time to Donate Your Clothes

Polina Groman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Green
Polina Groman

Since deciding what stays and what goes can be a tumultuous experience, here are a few tips and tricks to hack the closet game and properly dispose of what you longer need.

Recycling Textiles Quenches Droughts, Prevents Wildfire...and Makes for Better Guacamole

Polina Groman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Polina Groman

The next time you go to throw away an old pair of jeans or t-shirt, make sure you check to see if your building, city, place of employment or even your kid's school has a textile recycling program.

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Clothing Waste and Save Money

Emily Chen | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Emily Chen

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?

Innovation Earth: A Stylish Way to Save 21 Billion Pounds of Textile Waste a Year

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Being an environmentalist with a deep-seated love of fashion is not very fun. I love shiny, pretty things as much as the next girl, but the typical sn...

Frightful Waste: Making Halloween Green

Mattias Wallander | Posted 12.17.2013 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Who said Halloween has to be all orange and black? With a little do-it-yourself work and imagination, All Hallows' Eve can go green, too.

Reduce, Reuse, Return to School

Mattias Wallander | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Mattias Wallander

As families flock to stores and online retailers to restock on clothing, shoes and school supplies, the less-is-more approach is the one that'll benefit wallets -- and the Earth -- in the end.

The Real Cost of Clothing

Mattias Wallander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Home
Mattias Wallander

Why did production in such a factory continue to go on even though conditions were known to be dangerous? As you can likely guess, the reasons were purely financial.

Textile Recycling: (Don't) Curb Your Enthusiasm

Mattias Wallander | Posted 12.31.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

It looks like cities are finally taking note that recycling textiles doesn't just cost them -- but could actually help them earn too.

Keep California Green and Charitable

Mattias Wallander | Posted 11.05.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

California is a model state when it comes to waste reduction, aiming to reduce waste going into landfills by 75 percent by 2020. But there is a new obstacle for California's efforts to reduce waste and it's sitting on Governor Jerry Brown's desk as I type.

It's Time for Back-To-School Shopping! Here's How to Green Your Routine

Mattias Wallander | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

During the holiday-season toys are king, and Halloween is all about the candy, but going back-to-schools means new school supplies and a new fall wardrobe, including backpacks, sneakers, fall sweaters and winter coats.

Greenspiration: The Innovative Ways That Companies Are Making Textile Recycling Fun

Mattias Wallander | Posted 10.03.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Textile recycling is the right thing to do -- for the sake of our own closets and for the wider world -- so how can we make it less of a chore, and more fun, for everyone?

Simple Steps for Giving Shoes a Second Life

Mattias Wallander | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Mattias Wallander

Just because shoes seem worn out to you doesn't mean that they won't be of use to others. There is a great need for shoes in developing countries where footwear is costly and people generally have to walk a lot for basic necessities -- to school, to work, to town, to get water and firewood.

Survey Says... Convenience Is the Name of the Recycling Game

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.29.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

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.

This Time, Remember to Recycle Your Santa Hat... and Everything Else, Too!

Mattias Wallander | Posted 02.29.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Not everyone realizes this, but used clothing is a much needed global commodity resold in thrift stores and market places worldwide.

Green Jobs Are a Must for a Strong Economy

Mattias Wallander | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

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.

Textile Waste: Taking Cues From Emerging Markets

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

The average American consumes over 60 pounds of new clothing a year. Unlike us, emerging economies protect the environment by consuming millions of tons of second-hand clothing each year.