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Reclaiming and Recycling Textiles: A Zero-Waste Goal

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Jana Hawley, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri – Columbia; President, International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA); Advisor, International Textile Recycling Conference; Board Member, Council for Textile Recycling

The textile recycling industry is one of the oldest and most established recycling industries in the world; yet few people understand the industry, its myriad players, or reclaimed textile products in general. Throughout the world, post-consumer textile and apparel products are salvaged as reclaimed textiles and put to new value-added uses. This ‘hidden’ industry diverts over 2.5 billion pounds of textiles annually, yet nearly 80% of the waste still goes to landfills even though textile waste is nearly 100 per cent recyclable. Theoretically, textiles will decompose and in comparison to other waste, leave little toxic leachate or bio-gas during the decomposition process. More attention needs to be given to ways in which waste management, textile recycling companies, and consumers can help divert textiles from the landfill. A goal of zero-waste by 2035 has been established by the Council of Textile Recycling. This presentation will focus on the industry, value-added products, and strategies to accomplish the zero-waste plan.

To be held at: Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park

St. Louis, Missouri 63112

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome.

Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Presented in conjunction with, the Missouri History Museum gallery exhibition, Woven in Time, on display at the Museum September 12, 2011 – August 12, 2012.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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