We Need to Think About Clothing Differently

Friday, August 28, 2020

Our clothing, shoe and other textile waste that ends up in landfills has increased 300% since 1990 and it’s not getting any better. In fact, it's getting worse. With "fast fashion" becoming the new way for retail giants to increase profits and manufacturing of our clothing being sent to developing countries, we need to change the way we think about our clothing. It's no longer whether we should donate or recycle our clothing, it's how.

Participants said, "Now I have a better understanding of the true magnitude and scope of the issue. I truly did not realize the impact fabric is causing." "The statistics on the amount of textiles sent to landfills and incinerators were bind-boggling." 

Join the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, your recycling nonprofit, for this webinar to discuss these issues. A serial entrepreneur and recognized as the Union Leader's 40 under 40, Joe Whitten is the founder and CEO of Apparel Impact - New England's fastest growing textile recovery and recycling company with customers ranging from Easterseals, Mobil and hundreds of schools, towns and businesses.


This webinar is available for free for both NRRA members and nonmembers. The following are encouraged to participate: municipal recycling and transfer station staff, solid waste operators, public works staff, state and local government officials and staff, educators, and community members. NH solid waste operators will receive one hour of continuing education credit. Please contact info@nrrarecycles.org after viewing the webinar with your email address and name of the webinar so that NRRA can confirm your login on our webinar attendance report.  To view the recording, select the "Webinar Recording" button. Please fill out the required information, click "Register" and you will be prompted to the recording.