By Christopher F. Schuetze
The colorful world of fashion has its dark sides, not least of which is its potential impact on the environment
The Bureau of International Recycling, an industry advocacy group, claims that a single kilogram of collected used clothing can help reduce up to 3.6 kilograms, or almost 8 pounds, of CO2 emissions. Recycling textiles — rather than producing new ones from raw materials — can also eliminate the use of 6000 liters of water (1600 gallons), 300 grams of fertilizer (10 1/2 ounces) and 200 grams, or 7 ounces, of pesticide.
Key to its plan is building a machine that can automatically, quickly and very accurately sort clothes into specific fabrics to be recycled
A consortium in Northern Europe is working toward getting better value out of discarded clothes, and, in the process, resizing fashion’s carbon footprint. Key to its plan is building a machine that can automatically, quickly and very accurately sort clothes into specific fabrics to be recycled.
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