70% of discarded textiles in the U.S. are landfilled...
Every year, the U.S. also ships more than 1.6 billion pounds of used clothing abroad to countries, primarily in the Global South, with less advanced municipal waste systems. There they pollute the air, land, and water.
What are the environmental and public health impacts of textile waste in the Global South?
In the following 9-minute video, Matilda Lartey (an artisan and community activist in Ghana) and Stacey Johnson (a sustainability expert in the U.S.) discuss this question.