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5.2.3 Future of Clothing Consumption As the market size of the fashion industry grows, a large amount of clothing disposal causes serious environmental problems by requiring more and more land fi ll space every year around the world (Siegle 2011 ). Therefore, to promote environmental sustainability, a more holistic approach is needed to change con- sumers clothing consumption behavior to encompass concerns or responsibility to the environment and society. Together with consumers, apparel companies also have to rethink their green business practices in terms of how clothing products are Environmental Sustainability in the Textile Industry 47
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designed, manufactured, consumed, and disposed of for protecting the natural environment. 5.3 Disposal Phases After consumers use textile products (e.g., apparel, footwear, and accessories), these used textile wastes are often discard. Every year, there is an increasing amount of textile waste created globally, especially in the world fashion capitals like the USA and UK. In the USA, textile production (e.g., apparel, footwear, and acces- sories) has continuously increased. In 1999, approximately 18.2 billion pounds of textiles were produced. By 2009, this amount increased by 25.46 billion pounds, and by 2019, it is expected to grow by 35.4 billion pounds (Council for Textile Recycling N.D.). Based on 2009 s textile production amounts of 25.46 billion pounds, every US resident consumed around 82 lbs of textile products per year, meaning that currently, American people purchase clothing fi ve times more than in the 1980 (Cline 2014 ; Council for Textile Recycling N.D.). After these textiles were used, only 3.8 billion pounds of the textile wastes, that account for 15 % of total global land fi ll waste, was donated or recycled; the remaining 21 billion pounds of textiles (85 %) were land fi lled (Cline 2014 ; Council for Textile Recycling N.D.). Similar to the USA, in the UK, it is estimated that 10 % of the 1.4 million tons of used textile wastes is land fi lled every year (King 2012 ). Due to a large amount of textile wastes created annually, the UK s recycling and waste management sectors are faced with challenges of continuous land fi lling in the future (King 2012 ). As a result of the growing interest in green clothing consumption movements, discarded used textile products are currently recognized as an economic value regenerator through reuse and recycling (Cline 2014 ). In fact, over 90 % of those textile wastes are recyclable. For example, if textile wastes are recycled, among these waste materials, 45 % can be worn as secondhand clothing; 30 % are able to be cut up and produced as industrial rags; 20 % is biodegraded after the land fi ll; and only 5 % is unusable (Cline 2014 ). Thus, in a broad point of view, these discarded materials have high potential to generate revenue for local authorities and waste management companies (King 2012 ). Recycling provides multiple bene fi ts to consumers: reduction of the need for new apparel manufacturing, reduction in manufacturing, which saves huge energy sources as well as raw materials, and
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