This issue has a gotten lot of people and cities trying to live by the ethos of zero waste through actions like composting and strict recycling practices. But living a zero-waste life can be more difficult than it should be. And not for the reasons you might think. Plenty of products, including apparel, are made of different materials which can’t be recycled through your basic municipal recycling systems.
Understanding the complexities of recycling leads to the conclusion that, although we must definitely keep doing it, it is also important for everyone to take accountability. Understanding that recycling is not the end all be all solution is key, we must lower our consumption rates (consumers now buy 60% more clothing than they used to and keep it for 1/2 as long thats fifty years ago according to a study by McKinsey). Companies need to start designing products meant to last, not to be used once and discarded. Consumers need to start/continue questioning where all the goods and services they use come from and make better choices.