Friday, September 17, 2010

An amazing move forward or a long time coming?

Hi, Cate from Changelings here. This first article on my blog was posted by my friend Adam from 'Monsterosity'. We were discussing this topic and he suggested that I should have a blog and post it. Being the awesome person he is....he secretly created this blog and post for me in two days. I hope everyone has a friend as wonderful and supportive as Adam. So, here is his post on my blog....hopefully I will post here one day too! Please stop by his blog....he is a creative genious, and a great person. Have an awesome day, and enjoy.

While you can't really knock any kind of new improvements regarding the recycling of products and the lessoning of our impact on the enviroment at large, I have to question the fact that these new clothing recycling bins in NYC are a new thing.

While I think this is without a doubt a fantastic move forward, I have to to say, "Its about time NYC!" I am Australian and we have had these kinds of textile recycling initiatives in Australia for as long as I can remember. Sadly, I'm no spring chicken and with out revealing my age, I can tell you that means Australia has had them for at least 25 years. Australia is not alone here either. Various other countries have also been on this band wagon for decades.

All that said, congrats NYC for the move forward to the present day, I hope this is just the beginning and one day I can write a post on how we should all be more like NYC in the future.

So here is what I would love to see in the comments..... tell us what clothing recycling program you havein your area of the world, and how long has it been running for?

Thanks everybody!

Here is the articel in full as fount on Eco Fashion World

"Fashion is ever-evolving as are we (we hope) and with each passing trend there is a pile of clothes left in our closet or our bottom drawer to dispose of. What if you could conveniently place that pile of clothes in a nearby recycling bin? Now, in at least one city, you can
In September, New York City will launch one of the biggest textile recycling initiatives in the nation, to make donating those barely used clothes easier than ever to eliminate landfill waste.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each American throws away almost 10 pounds of clothing and bedding a year. In 2008, 190,000 tons of textiles were dumped in New York City’s landfills.
The recycling initiative would put 50 donation collection bins in high-traffic areas around the city, where people can easily deposit their unwanted clothing.
“I moved three times in the last five years, and each time I ended up throwing away clothes,” says 25-year-old Tracy Feldman. “It is just too hard to haul it all over the city. If there was a bin on my block, I wouldn’t hesitate to recycle them.”
New York is currently taking bids from nonprofit companies, including Goodwill Industries International, for a 10- to 15-year contract with a nonprofit company that will be responsible for maintaining the bins.
“There has not been another program like this that we know of,” said Goodwill spokesman Alfred Vanderbilt. “We think they are being very creative and we hope this sets a new standard.”
Officials say that if New York’s campaign is successful, it could cause a nationwide movement to recycle used clothing, which would not only create room in landfills; it could also create much needed jobs."

This article was written by Monsterosity