How to Best Recycle Textile Materials
Textile waste is becoming a challenge for our society. Nowadays, the average European person generates over 15 kg of textile waste every year. While recycling textile waste is a common practice in Europe especially, a big chunk still ends up incinerated and in landfills.
The textile recycling process is a big contributor towards shifting to a more circular economy by reducing waste, energy, and water consumption. It also reduces the need for chemicals and dyes and generates less CO2 emissions, which is very encouraging for the textile industry.
The textile/clothing industry has a lot of potential to transform linear processes into circular ones. For this to happen, we need to redirect the main waste stream of textiles from landfills towards recycling. At Helloprint, we offer a wide range of custom print clothing and merch, which at the end of their life, can be part of the solution.
Repair & Recycle
Moving to circular processes within the textile industry requires extending the life of your textiles, which can only be done by reducing, reusing, repairing, and recycling our textile waste. This allows us to make the most use of our items and products and therefore cutting down on consumption and production needs. Repairing textiles whenever possible helps in keeping them longer in circulation. When repairing is not an option anymore, it is important to recycle your textiles in order to keep them out of landfills.
In the UK, unwanted or old textiles can be easily recycled and are collected at either local recycling points or at textile or clothing bans at the supermarket and local car parks.
Do you want to learn more about where to dispose of each custom print material to best protect the environment? Check out our sustainability blog and join us in becoming a more sustainable industry!