In 2009, textiles accounted for 5.2 percent of the municipal waste stream and only 13.8 percent were recycled. That means about 10.8 million tons of clothing and textiles ended up in the landfill. The thing is, much of the clothing that ends up getting tossed can actually be reused or salvaged by non-profile organizations like Campus California to raise money for good causes. The organization collects clothing and shoes via green boxes placed strategically throughout California in parking lots and business centers.
Last year, the organization collected over 7 million pounds of clothing, which after it was sorted, processed and sold, raised $213,000 for two other non-profits that placed volunteers in projects in Africa and South America.
“The positive environmental effects come from savings in water usage, pesticides and a number of toxic chemicals commonly used to grow cotton and in the process of producing the fabric,” …. “Additionally recycling creates many times the number of jobs compared to disposal, in collecting, sorting and re-selling of used clothing.”