Sustainable and toxin-free living

Sustainable and toxin-free living

How Do You Know If Your Clothing Is Compostable?

Statistics around garment waste are truly staggering, and images of landfills of discarded clothes have been seared into our minds. Each year, 400 million pounds of clothing ends up in New York City’s landfill sites alone — equivalent to the weight of nearly 120,000 mid-sized cars. Clothing that we donate instead can end up as trash in natural areas, such as beaches in Ghana.

Meanwhile, microfibers released from synthetic clothing during both wash and wear are becoming a scourge in our environment because they never quite degrade, and end up stunting the growth of marine life and collecting toxins along the way. A 2016 study estimated that wastewater treatment facilities release 56 million microplastic particles, nearly all microfibers, into the San Francisco Bay each day. 2019 research estimated that across California’s natural environment, 4,000 metric tons (13.3 quadrillion fibers) were released that year. Other research posits that even more are shedding from our clothing during normal, everyday wear into the air.

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