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Distressing Clothing Trends

Did you know…

That there has been a 400% increase in clothing purchases in the last 20 years in America? With the increase of “Fast Fashion” there are now 14 trend cycles each year.

The average person in our country donates 12 pounds of clothing per year, but only 10 to 20% is sold in thrift stores? The remainder is sold to wholesalers.

An average American throws out 80 pounds of clothing each year? That is 13 million tons or 6% of our landfill space.

Synthetic fibers do not biodegrade and they leach chemicals into the environment? That means that any clothing made of materials other than natural fibers will not biodegrade.

The Washington DC area landfills spend about $49 per ton to dump clothing? That adds up to $1.3 million a year.

That almost 100% of the clothing that is discarded can be recycled?

I learned all this at a recent presentation given by Kaveri Marathe, the leader of a new start-up called Texiles. Kaveri is working to change this trend by offering door-to-door clothing pick up service that accepts clothing in any condition and has it reused or recycled. They are currently picking up in only Washington DC. Please check out the Texiles web site and see how you can make a difference.

Watch this related video by John Oliver of Last Week Tonight.


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Janet Barclay on October 11, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Those are really eye-opening statistics! It’s good to know there are people out there who are trying to do something about it. I’ve seen some lovely pieces at craft fairs made from recycled fibers.

    • Janet Schiesl on October 11, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Yes Janet. I was surprised at the statistics. Even though you do your part and donate used clothing, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t end up in a landfill. Got to change things at the source and curb the impulse to buy.

      • Janet Barclay on October 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

        I do pretty well on that front. I’m not a big shopper. 🙂

  2. Pam Mirehouse on October 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    What a great idea. Very needed in our consumer society. Sad that it has reached such horrible heights. The statistics speak volumes on the availability of stuff no one really needs!

    • Janet Schiesl on October 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

      I agree Pam. We need to find a way to teach people how to consciously shop.

  3. Zara Brown on January 5, 2018 at 5:08 am

    I really appreciate your post about distressing clothing trends. I am totally agree with you because you have raised some interesting points here and those are very little known to most of us. the blog is absolutely fantastic. I think it’s useful for many those who are looking for such info, keep it up.!

    • Janet Schiesl on January 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Thanks for the comment Zara. I learned a lot during Kaveri Marathe’s presentation. We need to work on improving how we purchase and discard clothing.

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