Hey everyone! I just found an article online about the environmental benefits of reusing used clothing, rather than recycling or throwing them away.
According to the article, about 100 million pounds of clothing are thrown away every year. All of those 100 million pounds of clothing thrown away take up space in landfills that can be spared if the clothes were reused. Another benefit reusing clothing has on the environment is the reduced use of insecticide. If 100 million pounds less of new clothes need to be created, about 2 million pounds less of insecticide will be used to protect the cotton that would have made the clothing. Otherwise, the insecticide used to grow the cotton needed for making clothing could wash into the waterways, which can poison thousands of plants and animals. Lastly, when clothes decompose in landfills, they release greenhouse gases. Along with the greenhouse gases emitted as clothes decompose, the manufacturing of textiles and cloth both release CO2 into the atmosphere as well. By reusing clothing, “approximately 3.6 pounds of CO2 are saved for every 1 pound of clothing.”
You can reuse clothing in numerous ways, from cutting them and sewing them to make a blanket, using them as house decorations, giving them to a younger sibling or friend, or even donating them. The possibilities are endless! Click the link below to find out more about why you should reuse your old clothing and encourage others to as well.