Keeping Textiles Out Of Landfills


As a children’s clothing designer, it’s safe to say that I love textiles. But I also worry about the impact they have on our environment. According to various reports, fabrics take up between four and ten percent of landfills in the United States alone.

At Papo d’Anjo, we are proud to be part of the solution to this global challenge. The high quality and classic design of our clothing means that they can be handed down not just from older sister to younger sister, but from generation to generation. We do not use synthetic fabrics, which take longer to decompose than natural textiles such as cotton and wool.

My family is very careful about reducing our fabric waste. Here are some of the tips I’ve found helpful:

  • Donate items you are not going to save to charity, including The Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other local organizations. Remember to tie shoes together so that they can go to a new owner — single shoes are a huge problem in landfills.
  • Recycle torn or ripped clothing. U’SAgain is a textile recycling company that operates in several U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Minneapolis.
  • Mend old clothes instead of throwing them away.
  • Save clothing scraps for quilts or other sewing projects.
  • Use ripped or stained clothing for rags.
  • Buy clothing that you will wear for a long time or be able to pass down from child to child.

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