Collecting used textiles is a strategy that more and more communities are using to decrease the volume of their trash and save money on disposal fees. According to the U.S.EPA, every person in the country generates approximately 82 pounds of textiles per year. In the same EPA report, they estimate that only 15% of the textiles generated nationwide get collected for reuse or recycling. This means that 85% of used textiles are reaching the landfills and incinerators; which costs each of us money.
Part 2 of Robin Ingenthron’s Guest Blog continues his discussion of Adam Minter's upcoming book "Junkyard Planet" (along with a few other topics relating to electronics reuse and recycling).
Today’s Guest Blog is by Robin Ingenthron. It is a reposting from his Good Point Ideas Blog. This week Bloomberg BusinessWeek runs a whole chapter from Adam Minter's upcoming book "Junkyard Planet", which is coming out in November (but you can advance order it, as I have). I've only gotten through about a third of the article, and I'm already pleasantly stunned.
Recycling scrap metal makes good economic and environmental sense. The phrase, “circular economy,” advises that all things manufactured should be made in such a way that they can be later dismantled and recreated into a final end product once the original product has lost its usability to the consumer. Scrap metal is one of those foundation materials that can be refashioned into many new uses.