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Used, Vintage, Retro, Second-Hand: What’s the Difference?


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What’s the difference between vintage clothing and second-hand clothing? And antique, is that also a thing? In the clothing and garment industry, these terms have distinct differences. They all fall under a general umbrella of “used” clothing, in that they are not “new” but have been “previously owned” and indeed probably “worn” to one degree … Continue reading Used, Vintage, Retro, Second-Hand: What’s the Difference?

Can We Solve the Crisis of Stuff?


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How much do North Americans waste? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the annual average of waste per US citizen amounts to nearly 70 pounds of clothing and textiles. These numbers jump tremendously when considering that worldwide, over 80 billion garments are produced annually. In the US, the nation’s municipal waste stream occupies … Continue reading Can We Solve the Crisis of Stuff?

Textile Recycling 101: All You Need To Know About How to Divert More Material from Landfills


Assorted textiles and fabrics ready for recycling

The process of textile recycling continues to garner attention worldwide — particularly among those who are interested in impacting the environment in a positive way. In many places across the world, consumers swap clothing, shoes and fabrics that are in good condition, others donate or sell what they are no longer using to someone who … Continue reading Textile Recycling 101: All You Need To Know About How to Divert More Material from Landfills

Helping Give New Life to the World’s Used Purses, Shoes and Belts


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“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Not just country music lyrics, these words tell us how people can find new value in something that might have otherwise been considered useless. While a pair of torn shoes or a used belt once seemed destined for the garbage bin, today there are a host of recycling … Continue reading Helping Give New Life to the World’s Used Purses, Shoes and Belts