textile industry needs 'major rethink' to cut down on waste - absorbent material
In terms of the need to recycle and reduce the number of garments entering the landfill and ocean, the textile industry is the next dirty frontier, and the "zero waste" conference hosted by Vancouver Metro was held on Wednesday.
The problem is how to solve this problem.
The Vancouver Metro announced on 2016 that it plans to ban the use of textiles at disposal sites in the area, but has decided not to do so.
"It's complicated," Karen Stoli, a region zero.
The senior waste project engineer said in an interview.
"I don't think we have arrived yet.
"It's all new.
This is a big problem and there are not many solutions.
The good news is that the conversation has begun and people are investing in solutions.
There are an estimated 40,000 tons of textiles, Story said.
Half of them are clothing and the other half are various household products including pillows and linens --
Each year, waste is transported to disposal facilities in the region, accounting for about five percentage points of total waste.
When someone takes the old clothes to the thrift store, they are usually placed in the sales area, but if they don't sell, they may go to one of the six pickers --and-
She said the area's grader companies accept about 40 million kilograms a year.
She said the companies classified unsold clothing as specific overseas markets that were eventually sent, mainly in the developing world.
"What they are asking for is what their country sells well.
"Clothes to the sorter --
Flat machines, about half of which are sold overseas, 20 per cent are made of absorbing materials like rags, and 20 per cent are used for various other industrial purposes --the so-
The industry known as "shoddy and Mungo --
Storry said that, for example, the sound insulation of the car, there are still ten percent for processing.
In fact, less than half of the costumes are made into new ones.
"These companies are using as much material as they can get," she said . ".
"But no matter what they can't handle in a responsible way, we (waste)facilities. If we (want)
It is not simple to ban disposal.
Does it make sense to influence thrift stores and grade students who are trying to find home for these materials?
"Brock Macdonald, chief executive of the B. recycling CommissionC.
The textile industry needs to "make a big reflection on design, and some entrepreneur innovators will look at the way clothing is made," said MacDonald, "How can we improve efficiency . . . . . . Creating more durable clothes, not just in landfill sites, can also have secondary and tertiary use . ".
Mixing of natural materials (such as cotton)
Synthetic materials (
Such as polyester)
That adds to the problem, he said.
MacDonald pointed out that Dutch mud jeans rent the dress to the consumer, "When you're done, you take it back and buy another pair of jeans, and they actually take all these fibers and tear them off, recycle it and put it in a pair of jeans.
This is the model of circular economy.
McDonald added: "government incentives, such as reducing sales tax on consumer goods, better designing for longevity and improving recycling, are an option.
He encouraged consumers to buy clothing with long quality.
"My clothes are bigger than some of my children," he said . ".
"This is the way to do it.
Nearly 500 people attending the Zero Waste conference have heard that preliminary work is being done to find solutions for recycled textiles.
The problem is that consumers buy more clothes than before, including keeping up with the latest fashion trends, so don't keep it for too long.
The industry also has a large environmental footprint, from water to purchasing materials to production and distribution.
Microfibers from clothing are also entering the ocean, posing a threat to marine life.
A recent study by Southampton Solon University found that up to 2,000 fibers from wool and polyester fabrics were released during a washing cycle.
Almost all people reach the ocean through the urban sewage system.
Peter Ross, director of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine pollution research program, has determined that there are more than 3,000 plastic particles per cubic meter of sea water in the Georgia Strait on average.
Microplastics can be consumed by plankton, aquatic animals and other marine organisms that form the basis of the food chain.
Eating plastic can also make creatures think they are full and cause them to starve.