The United States produces roughly 25 billion pounds of post-industrial and post-consumer textile waste every year. Post-industrial textile waste consists of by-product materials from the textile, fiber and cotton industries. About 1.5 billion pounds of this post-industrial waste is diverted from our landfills and reused or recycled into new raw materials every year.
Recycling efforts remove 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste annually from the solid waste stream. The average citizen throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year. While a few communities have textile recycling programs, about 85% of textile waste goes to landfills where it occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space.