Sustainable clothing has become, for the most part, something fashionistas are celebrating and pushing the front of the fashion industry’s agenda but up until recently it was not understood what exactly it meant to be sustainable. Some would look at how the fabrics were primed in terms of chemicals while others would comment on the actual source materials for the fabrics; both do play a roll. However one amazing new process is going to make sustainable clothing in the UK, US and the world a little easier to understand because of its similarity to how we already understand recycling is sustainable. A curb-side textile recycling program has just launched in the US; Queen Creek, Arizona is home to the first service of its kind in the US and many a sustainable clothing company are in celebration.
Practical Sustainable Project
The plan of action on this sustainable clothing task is currently going through its four month pilot stage where all textiles donated or sourced and deemed ready to be recycled will be sorted, weighed and processed. The next stage will be turning the textiles into fabrics that could be used in fashion, but for the meantime eco-friendly home insulation is the product initially being created. Anything from towels, blankets, clothing and even shoes can be used in the process; there is only one exclusion clause and that is the soon to be sustainable clothing materials must be free of containments.
The Influence of Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable clothing labels should be able to get on board with the knowledge that jobs are being created and communities will be getting involved in a big way; over 7000 inhabitants of Queen Creek will have the opportunity to participate in the program. Considering the new program is in its infancy, there are no immediate goals other than to see how many people will get on board with the sustainable solutions. If it wasn’t enough that this program is saving the earth in its own way, the town is also donating money to a local charity for every ton of recyclable clothing it receives.
Fashionable Ideas Made Practical
With an EPA estimation of close to 13.1 million tons of clothing being thrown out in the year 2010, many brand sustainable clothing a necessary cause for the future and this program may serve as a precedent for future governments, generations and counties to follow suit. There is no doubt that sustainable clothing is in vogue this season, but it’s always been more of a concept than actually put into action but thankfully programs like this can and will push the sustainable clothing topic further than merely a fashionable idea.
Eugene Calvini is a writer passionate about sustainable fashion; from the bespoke hangers to organic fabrics, he enjoys sharing exciting eco-conscious news.