How Throwing Away Clothes Contributes to Climate Change

Before you throw your clothes away for any reason, there are a few things you need to consider. The textile and fashion industries create a large chunk of the pollution that currently destroys our environment every year. The cycle of throwing away and buying new clothes is one reason things have become so bad. In this article, we’re going to explore how throwing away clothes contributes to climate change and what you can do about it so you can reduce your own effect on the environment.

Air Pollution

There are actually multiple ways that the textile and fashion industries contribute to air pollution. The first is the emissions from the clothing factories themselves. Fabricating clothing is hardly a green process, especially when larger companies only care about pumping out as much as possible. Throwing away your clothes also either puts them in a landfill or gets them incinerated. Both of these methods create a ton of carbon emissions that harm our environment.

Water Use

The process of making clothing is one that people don’t talk about enough. For instance, your favorite pair of jeans probably needed gallons of water to create. Multiply that by the thousands upon thousands of jeans that manufacturers make every year, and you can see how quickly the fashion industry uses up our precious water resources.

Water Pollution

A lot of clothing with synthetic fabric inside it can never fully break down. This means that throwing away your clothes with these fabrics will eventually cause them to find their way into groundwater and the ocean. These non-biodegradable fibers pollute the water itself and also do active harm to marine wildlife.

Increased Clothing Demand

Throwing away clothes contributes to climate change in a more subtle and sinister way as well. The more you throw away, the more you buy to replace what you throw out. The more you buy, the more you increase the demand for new clothing. This demand translates to more air and water pollution as well as more water usage. You can break this cycle by choosing to donate or recycle your old clothing and buying clothes from secondhand stores.

You don’t have to stand for the fashion industry’s mistakes. When you need a clothing pickup to keep your old clothes out of the landfill, GreenDrop will be there to collect them. You can feel good donating knowing that you’re not just helping people out, but you’re also protecting the environment.