Kids’ clothes are made from cheap recycled stuff
Posted On August 3, 2021
Children’s clothing is made from recycled fabric, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be good for the environment.
A new study by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Children’s Clothing Research Institute (CCRI) has shown that children’s clothes are also used to make cheap items like rugs and pillows.
The study, conducted by EIA, looked at children’s clothing from around the world and found that around 80% of the recycled fabrics used in children’s rugs are recycled from fabrics previously used in furniture.
This has led to the question: What are the environmental impacts of this waste?
“If we look at recycled materials that have been used for furniture or in clothes that are not recycled, the environmental impact is not as significant as you would expect, but you still see some environmental impacts,” says Julie Smith, EIA associate director of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
“It’s not a good idea to reuse clothing that you’ve bought or from someone else’s reuse it.”
We found that, in many cases, children’s cloths are being used as a waste disposal material.””
When children’s apparel is reused, it’s usually because the fabric is made of recycled materials,” says Smith.”
For example, if you buy a dress from Target, you’ll likely be buying a fabric that has been made from old denim.
“The EIA’s report also showed that childrens clothing can also be used to create furniture and rugs.”
Many children’s items that we found in the study are made of fabric from recycled fabrics that have not been recycled,” Smith says.”
The clothing itself is made with materials that are no longer being used.
“Smith says childrens clothes can be recycled into many different types of products.”
There’s a wide range of different products, from rugs to shoes to books to accessories to even clothing for toys and games,” she says.”[Childrens clothes] can be used in a range of ways, from for furniture and toys, to furniture and bedding, to clothing and accessories.
“What’s interesting about this research is that it’s really clear that when childrens items are reused, the fabrics that were recycled end up in ways that are more environmentally friendly.”
In the study, Smith and her colleagues looked at materials made from a wide variety of recycled fabrics and compared them to those made from other materials.
They found that the recycled materials had higher carbon dioxide emissions and lower landfill carbon emissions than other materials in the samples.
“These are very important environmental data that we need to know so we can be better at creating a sustainable future for childrens and families,” Smith adds.
“With more and more children using recycled clothing in their homes, it is important that we do our part to help reduce these emissions and promote recycling of the waste materials.”
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