Textile Waste Management
Over the one year period from 2015 to 2016, there was a dramatic increase in global consumption of recycled polyester by 58%. Despite this finding, 73% of all clothing being used ends up in end-of-life pathways such as landfill dumps or incineration, with only 12% of all textile products being responsibly recycled. The UNEP Circularity Platform states that due to the current linear system governing the textile and garment industry, from production and distribution to the use of clothing, more than $500 billion in value continues to be lost annually due to the under-utilization of clothing and the lack of recycling.
Consumers regularly dispose of clothing and garments due to various reasons, such as sizing issues, the need for tailoring or to keep up with ever-changing fashion trends. Majority of clothing and other textiles disposed of globally unfortunately end up in landfills, which are often not managed safely or sustainably.→ →