Thursday, March 08, 2007

Clothing Outfitter That Recycles

One company that truly amazes myself when it comes to saving the planet from garbage is Patagonia. This company works with products that cause less harm to the environment. In 2005 Patagonia lauched a Common Threads Garment Recycling Program which customers could return their worn out clothes back for recycling. The recycling program uses a fiber-to-fiber recycling system to make new clothes out of old. Their main goal is about the environment and everything they make is safe for the environment. The recycling program means there will be less garments in our landfills and incinerators. We definitely need more companies like Patagonia to save our earth, and for our children and their children.

JIMH

6 comments:

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Jim,

Thanks for mentioning Patagonia's effort to recycle old clothes. I hadn't heard about this program. I'm glad to know there are some companies helping us to reduce our garbage footprint.

:0) M

kimlynch said...

Wow, that's awesome! I didn't know that Patagonia did that, but it doesn't surprise me. I believe they are Seattle-based? This brings to mind something I heard a long time ago. I heard somewhere that thrift stores sell fabric scraps to companies so even clothes that aren't that nice you can donate them and the thrift shops can still profit from them. Has anyone else heard this? If so, what are the fabric scraps used for? Are they recycled?

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Kim,

I don't know about thrift shops selling fabric scraps, but I did find out something else that bridges clothing and art!

Check this out:
http://www.sfrecycling.com/AIR/drobny.htm

Sandy Drobney weaves recyclables (including plastic bags) to make clothing. Might this be the next wave in couture clothing? (Oh goodness, that just reminded me of Zoolander and the Derelict fashion line in that movie!)

:0) M

kimlynch said...

I checked out Sandy Drobney's work and found it very impressive. I also found a few links in regards to the question I posed earlier about fabric scraps.

If you go to this link, you can click on "view this segment" and you can watch a video that takes you inside one of these factories where they sort the used clothing.

http://www.greenworks.tv/tvshow/waste_management/choose_to_reuse/old_clothes/old_clothes.html

Here is more information:

http://missourifamilies.org/features/materialarticles/feature9.htm

http://www.epa.gov/msw/textile.htm

Michelle Verges, Project Director said...

Great follow-up, Kim. I watched the TV program online. I must say, I feel hopeful and confident that the US is reaching the tipping point for making significant changes in our country.

On an unrelated note, have fun at IKEA!!

:0) M

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