Recycling and textiles in the Valley: What you need to know
During the 2019 waste composition study at the Alberni Valley Landfill, a surprisingly high percentage of textiles (clothing, shoes, belts, material, linens) was picked out of the garbage. Eleven per cent of the randomly selected garbage that was sorted during the study fell into the textile category.
Over the past 15 years the fashion industry has seen enormous growth with one of the major components of this has been the introduction of fast fashion. Fast fashion can be defined as “quick-release products with a short renewal cycle and fast delivery.”
Clothing is now commonly viewed as a disposable product, which has increased our level of consumerism, reduced the desire to mend clothing as it breaks and increased the overall amount of clothing headed to our local landfill.
What are your options when your item no longer “brings you joy?”
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