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Organic cotton is on the rise

Organic cotton is on the rise

Organic cotton is growing, both literally and in terms of worldwide usage. According to a report from EcoTextile News, organic cotton could represent a quarter of global cotton production by 2020. The report states that 933,000 metric tons of cotton was standard-compliant in 2012, or in other words, grown in accordance with sustainability guidelines. While … Continue reading

Textile reuse: What about winter clothing?

Textile reuse: What about winter clothing?

It’s been discussed on our blog and on news outlets—the global secondhand clothing industry is worth an estimated one billion dollars. While it’s definitely a global industry, the most commonly discussed importers of used clothing are Africa and South America. Except for the southernmost regions of South America, these markets import summer clothing exclusively. As … Continue reading

Responsible Clothing Production: Organic Cotton

Responsible Clothing Production: Organic Cotton

Cotton, the most common component of modern apparel, has been grown for thousands of years, dating back to the Indus River Valley in present-day Pakistan and possibly even earlier than that. As time passed and agricultural technology evolved, cotton remained as a staple crop and key fixture in the apparel industry. What changed was the … Continue reading

Make it Last: Clean (and Green) Your Clothing

Make it Last: Clean (and Green) Your Clothing

Let’s have a quick refresher on the environmental impacts of clothing production. One t-shirt requires the use of 700 gallons of water, 1/3 pound of pesticides and 14 pounds of CO­­2, while a pair of jeans will go through an estimated 919 gallons of water in its lifetime. Replacing your worn-out t-shirts and jeans with new … Continue reading

2012: USAgain’s Year in Review

2012: USAgain’s Year in Review

It’s difficult to discuss USAgain’s 2012 recycling successes without mentioning the sheer volume of clothes, shoes and other textiles the company was able to divert from landfills around the country via the nearly 10,000 collection bins it operates in 17 states. Nearly 58 million pounds of textiles were collected, preventing the emission of 406 million pounds … Continue reading