Why recycling your clothes is good for OUR planet

Recycling, re-using and making good use of unwanted items is always important, although it is even more important today. When we hear ‘recycle’ we usually think of plastic, rubbish or cardboard, however the same differences and benefits can be made by recycling clothes. Did you know that 60% of our clothing is made with plastic microfibres making the clothing industry one of the most polluting industries in the world?

"Globally we produce 13 million tons of textile waste each year! 95% of which could be reused or recycled." - The Pretty Planeteer. Instead, pieces of clothing are thrown away and end up polluting our water ways and oceans causing harm to our natural world. Tops, skirts, shoe laces, bras... you name it, it has ended up in our ocean somewhere. We are becoming a much more sustainable planet each day however, often we forget the small ways we can make a difference.

Nowadays, it is easy to purchase a new top or new shoes, wear these for a season and then our style has changed, so, we do our regular spring clean and end up getting rid of these items. Not only does this cause more waste in our oceans but due to the high demand for new clothes, our fashion industry is the second largest consumer of water worldwide. It takes approximately 7,000 litres of water to create a pair of jeans! 😱

Next time you go to ‘just throw away’ that dress or you no longer need those jeans, think of these three things:

  • Is this still of good quality?

  • Would I purchase this second hand?

  • Could someone else use this piece of clothing?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then there is something better to do with those clothes. Us three girls strongly support the recycling of clothing and accessories and we hope this helps everyone understand the benefits of shopping for pre-loved items!

Thanks for reading,

Ellie, Josie & Alana

EJA Pre-Loved Clothing

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