Each of us discard an estimated 68 pounds of clothing a year, while buying only 10 pounds of recycled clothes. Clothing and household textiles, consisting of fabrics such as cotton, polyester, nylon and rayon, make up almost 5 percent of the total garbage in landfills
In 2011, 2.5 billion pounds of fabric were kept from the landfills by used-clothing purchases. Even though Greene Street might represent only a tiny fraction of that 2.5 billion pounds, we’re not going to stop working to make our contribution.
There are multiple benefits associated with recycling clothing. It reduces the amount of pesticides used in growing cotton or to make fabrics from petroleum sources. Water needed to dye fabrics is reduced, and therefore cuts down on the pollutants and greenhouse gases released from manufacturing processes.
What can you do with Greene Street as you partner? You can buy and sell your gently used clothing and play a part in extending the lifecycle of textile products. Together we can fight disposable fashion!
Customers who buy used clothing also benefit from what are usually substantially lower prices, compared to the price of new clothes.