The Percentage of Clothes Americans Throw Away Is Actually Insane

Aemilia Madden

There's plenty to love about fast fashion—the price, the accessibility—but there's a major downside: Americans are throwing away a lot of clothing. Every year, we toss out about 85% of our clothes (around 13 million tons), according to PBS. This intimidatingly large number means the vast majority of pieces we own end up accounting for 9% of all waste.

Now, brands Reformation and Live the Process have risen in popularity specifically in part because of their commitment to using recycled textiles. Other retailers like H&M overseas and in Australia have made moves to fight waste, looking into recycling textiles and creating incentives to trade old in for new, but there's still a long way to go. Donating clothes to Goodwill or other nonprofits is the best short-term solution, but over time, we may find that the U.S. will have to shift its shopping habits.

Read on to shop pieces made of recycled textiles from Reformation!

What do you think will happen to the industry? Let us know in the comments!

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