Why should we recycle our old clothes?

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Globally, the textile industry has been proven to have one of the biggest impacts on the state of the earth, with its pollution considered to be greater than that of all airplanes and ships combined.

Big manufacturers put enormous resources and energy into the production of every single garment and shoe, and so every second a huge number of clothes and shoes are "born" in the world, and every second many of them end up in landfills.

We all know that it takes decades and sometimes hundreds of years for textiles to fully decompose. Slowly decomposing clothes poison the environment by releasing methane and carbon dioxide. The same thing happens with underground water, into which dangerous compounds enter.

This is a problem that we all have to deal with together.

We at LW Fashion have always appealed to moderation in shopping for new clothes, as well as shopping for second-hand clothes.

Should we burn or recycle our old clothes?

We should not burn clothes, because burning clothes releases harmful and very dangerous gases, which has a devastating effect on the environment. Instead, it is best to go for the best and "green" alternative a namely the recycling of clothes.

Recycling has many advantages, but first let's talk about the environmental benefits:

1. Fabric recycling saves one of the most valuable resources - wood and energy.

2.Recycling clothes reduces the need for chemical-based dyes.

3. Recycling reduces harmful gases in the environment.

4. And last but not least, recycling saves time.

Recycling machine

How does recycling actually happen?

The first option is clear and I recommend it to everyone. To give your old clothes (if they are healthy and wearable) to people in need or to second-hand clothing stores.

The second option is to leave your clothes (old and torn) in special machines that you can find in the capital. Unfortunately, this network of machines is not yet well developed in the countryside.

So once the clothes reach the appropriate "machines" (I call them) from there they go to special factories, are sorted and then ground. The result is garbage. With the help of high temperatures and pressure, fibers are obtained from the mass, which are involved in the production of new products. Unsuitable parts are burned in special furnaces.

What happens to recycled materials?

Recycled materials, if they are cotton, are used to create rags, which are directly used by tire shops, auto repair shops, cleaning companies, printers and other businesses that need absorbent materials.

Other recycled materials go to the production of denim and other dense fabrics.

For example, clothes made of 100% polyester or nylon can be recycled into polyester and nylon respectively. To do this, things are ground, the resulting powder is polymerized again under the influence of temperature and pressure, and new fibers are removed from the melt.

With shoes, things are similar.

In general, nothing ends up in the landfill, which is our goal.

Dear our readers, once again we want to appeal to you not to throw your old clothes in the garbage. Donate them, give them to a loved one or just hand them in for recycling. You may not earn money from it, but you will earn something better future for your children.

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