Post-consumer textile waste to landfill is a rising problem in an era of fast fashion.
Synthetic textiles such as polyester in landfill are non-biodegradable and will persist in the environment for centuries.
Natural fibres may be biodegradable, but the chemicals used in their finishing and dyeing can be harmful to soil and waterways when they are disposed of in landfill.
With most textiles recyclable in some form, it's important to find strategies to minimise textile waste in the first place, and then find pathways to recycle it before disposal to landfill.
Can the garment be collected at end of life?
How can responsible disposal be encouraged?
How long will the garment last?