The State of Reuse
With more clothing and textiles ending up in landfills than
ever before, we wanted to better understand why people
aren’t doing more to reuse and recycle clothing and what
can be done to get them to #Rethink Reuse.
Value Village has been diverting reusable clothing and household goods from landfills for more than 60 years. We work to find a home for nearly every item that comes through our doors.
Over time we have noticed that the world has been consuming more and more clothing. We now consume more than 80 billion pieces of new clothing every year.
During Earth Month, we launched our “State of Reuse Report" to examine perceptions about clothing consumption and reuse. We wanted to learn more about why people are throwing out their unneeded clothing instead of reusing it. A key finding was a lack of understanding about the environmental impact of clothing and the importance of more education to prompt less wasteful habits.
Value Village commissioned the “State of Reuse Report” after learning that the average North American will throw away 81 pounds of clothing this year alone – 95 percent of which can be reused or recycled. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, reusing goods is better for the environment as it reduces the need for additional resources to make new products.