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What Actually Happens to Your Donated Clothing?

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  • Americans buy 500 percent more clothing today than we did in the 1980s. So-called “fast fashion” has become so common, it’s not unusual for people to throw away clothes worn only once or twice
  • In 2013 alone, a staggering 12.8 million tons of textiles were sent to landfills — that’s more than 7 percent of the total U.S. landfill waste
  • As much as 90 percent of clothing donations to charitable organizations end up with textile recyclers. Part of the solution is buying less, and making healthier purchasing decisions

By Dr. Mercola

Most Americans have closets overflowing with clothing — some of which may rarely if ever be worn. Inexpensive clothing — so-called "fast fashion" — has become so common, it's not unusual for people to throw away clothes worn only once or twice.


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