Some of the biggest names in fashion are collaborating for the first time in a campaign to save clothes from landfill in New York. #WearNext + Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular recently joined forces with the City of New York to tackle clothing waste. Brands will now work alongside New York City’s Department of Sanitation, New York City Economic Development Corporation, collectors, recyclers, resale companies and Make Fashion Circular, as part of #WearNext – a city-wide effort to tackle waste and pollution in the fashion industry.
The Ellen Macarthur Foundation site reads: “Every year New York City landfills 200 million pounds of clothing (equivalent to over 440 Statues of Liberty). Globally, 73% of the materials used to produce clothing are landfilled or burned at the end of their life, while less than 1% of old clothing goes on to be used to make new clothing.”
Make Fashion Circular launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in May 2018 is leading international efforts to establish a circular economy for fashion where business models increase the use of clothes, clothes are made from safe and renewable materials, and old clothes are used to make new ones.
Read more about the exciting new push to keep NYC apparel waste from landfill here.
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