To grow the fiber for one cotton diaper requires 105.3 gallons of water, one t-shirt needs 256.6 gallons of water, one bath towel needs 401.4 gallons of water, a man’s dress shirt requires 414.5 gallons of water, 987 gallons of water are required for one pair of jeans.
An estimated 12.4 million tons of textiles were generated in 2008, or 5.0 percent of total municipal solid waste (MSW) generation. (EPA)
- The textile recycling industry annually prevents 20 billion pounds of post-consumer textile product waste from entering the solid waste stream, according to the Council for Textile Recycling.
- This 20 billion pounds of post consumer textile waste represents 60 pounds for every person in the United States.
- Last Year Community Thrift Store helped divert over 4.5 million pounds of textiles and household discards from the waste stream.
- In 2010, Community Thrift Store paid over $500,000.00 to Non Profits and County Recycling programs to purchase household discards. These funds are used directly for much needed programs for our Community.
- Community Thrift Store has created over 85 jobs in our Community, kept millions of pounds of waste out of the landfill and provided much needed funds to Charities, Churches, Civic Clubs, and Schools.