Reducing Textile Waste

Reducing Textile Waste


Between 1999 and 2009 the volume of post consumer textile waste generated grew by 40%, while the diversion rate only increased by 2%. 

Textiles are consumed heavily in developed and developing countries. The average cost to dump in U.S. landfills is $70 a pound. It must be noted that the average American throws away 68 pounds of clothing and textiles a year.  This is an environmental issue that is 100% preventable. 


This is an environmental issue that is 100% preventable. Old clothing and textiles are almost 100% recyclable. To illustrate, reusing one pound of cotton prevents the emission of more than 7 pounds of carbon dioxide. That's like driving your car for 7 miles. 

As the amount of textiles entering landfills around the world continues to rise year after year - there is little effort done to increase the diversion rate and to reduce the impact on the environment. Many Americans are unaware or just indifferent as we do not see the negative impact on the environment, but our children will. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. 

We can all start to make a difference for the next generation by exercising better recycling habits today. Rachel Anne Linens is dedicated to exercising Earth-friendly manufacturing practices as our products are 100% recyclable, and we encourage our customers to recycle their textiles rather than sending them to landfills. It must be noted that our products are inspired by the beauty of the American Landscape, and we want to ensure that it's beauty can be enjoyed by future Americans. 

Every purchase you make supports our Earth-friendly manufacturing and disposal practices and awareness campaigns to encourage Americans to interest themselves in the environmental practices of those they purchase goods and services from. Shop our Commitment Collection Today. 

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