THOSE DIRTY SHEETS AREN'T DISGUSTING, THEY'RE A RESOURCE
WHY WE SHOULD ALL BE RECYCLING END OF LIFE TEXTILES.
Yesterday something extraordinary happened. Landsec, the property company which counts Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford, in it's portfolio, responded to the new government call to charge retailers a 1p tax on each garment sold with an innovative initiative. They have set up a new clothing recycling scheme which, if successful, it could roll out across its full estate.
The sustainability manager of Landsec, Tom Byrne, said “Clothing banks have existed for a number of years, but what we feel has been missing is a landlord-led initiative which can really drive up recycling rates in key retail destinations; our kiosk will bring the experience of recycling to life for customers and we’re hopeful that a less passive waste strategy will translate into greater enthusiasm for recycling textiles.
To see such initiatives from property companies is a sign of the times, and a late, but welcome, the acknowledgment that the resources of the earth are finite, and under pressure.
There is no reason why we cannot start to clean up our act and make the effort to recycle end of life textiles. I believe a big part of the solution to the pollution which comes from textiles lies in cleantech companies like Worn Again Technologies.
All dramatic, disruptive and life-enhancing change started out as an idea of how things could be. This is the way of giants, from Marie Curie with penicillin, Johannes Gutenberg and his printing press, and Semmelweis, the father of hand washing. A couple of months back, while researching a Sky News item on the devastating impact fast fashion on the environment, I came across Worn Again, a cleantech company. I believe that this company, and others like it, are working on solutions which will have far-reaching benefits for the environment. The CEO, Cyndi Rhodes, started her journey with the simple idea of breathing new life into old fabrics. Her vision was to find a solution for eradicating textiles waste. Some years later, her cleantech company is on track for achieving just that.