Sumary of 40% of used clothing exports pollute in Eastern Europe and Africa:
- The report Poisoned Gifts, carried out by Greenpeace Germany, reveals that up to 40% of used clothing exports to countries in Africa and Eastern Europe are used to dispose of textile waste.
- However, textile recycling rates remain low: only 10-12% of post-consumer textile waste is collected separately for reuse and or recycling, and less than 1% of total production is recycled in a closed loop, i.e.
- According to the study, Spain produces around 990,000 tons of textile products that end up in landfills every year, while in Germany, the number of textile waste exceeds one million tons.
- According to the study, on the percentage of clothing that is resold to the country itself, since the mid-1990s the volume of clothing collected has grown by 20% each year, and the figures continue to increase at the same rate as the production of the fast fashion (single use).
- We need an international agreement that prohibits the export of textile waste, that regulates designs so that they are truly recyclable and promotes a circular economy, as well as a global tax that includes the polluter pays principle, demands Ojeda-Martínez in the statement of the environmental organization.