Gallery: Europe Only Recycles 25 Percent of Textile Waste, Says New Report

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If there’s one thing Americans shouldn’t do as the Europeans do, it’s textile recycling. Of the 5.8 million tons of fabric waste Europeans discard every year, only 25 percent is recycled, according to a report released Thursday by Friends of the Earth Europe. By disposing of valuable materials indiscriminately, Europe is failing to manage commodities in a time of economic crisis and rapid natural-resource depletion, the study notes. “Europe is still stuck in a system where valuable materials, many of which come at a high environmental and social cost, end up in landfill or incineration,” says Ariadna Rodrigo, resource use campaigner at the environmental nonprofit. “Recycling targets are a good start, but reusing products and materials and preventing waste in the first place won’t be the norm until we have EU targets for these, too.”

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