It is time to reimagine how we make and buy apparel.
Over the past 20 years, recycling has increasingly become an intrinsic part of our everyday language. Yet while recycling continues to grow, there is still one industry slow to embark on the reuse journey: textiles and apparel. In the U.S. alone, 14.3 million tons of textile waste was created last year. While 2.3 million tons of it was recycled, we know the numbers could be better. Much better. But it’s not easy. The global textile and apparel industry relies on a vulnerable, resource-intensive supply chain that causes massive waste and environmental harm. It is one of the world's largest producers of toxic environmental waste, affecting air, water, and soil resources. This poses major challenges for brands considering cleaning up.