Importance of Textile Recycling
Textile recycling is for both, environmental and economic benefits. It avoids many polluting and energy intensive processes that are used to make textiles from fresh materials.
Demand is reduced for textile chemicals like dyes and fixing agents.
The requirement of landfill space is reduced. Textiles lead to many problems in landfill. Synthetic fibers don’t decompose. Woolen garments do decompose but produce methane, which contributes to global warming.
Leads to balance of payments as we buy fewer materials for our requirements.
As fibers get locally available, they don’t have to be transported from abroad thus reducing pollution and saving energy.
Lesser energy is consumed while processing, as items don’t need to be re-dyed or scoured.
Waste water reduces as it does not have to be thoroughly washed with large volumes of water as it is done for, say, raw wool.
Pressure on fresh resources too is reduced.