China discards 26 million tons of unrecyclable clothes annually

The Associated Press July 10, 2024, 05:00 AM UTC

Summary: China, the largest textile producer and consumer, discards 26 million tons of clothes annually, mostly unrecyclable synthetics. Only 12% of global textile waste is recycled, with 1% repurposed into new garments. Fast fashion dominates China's clothing industry, with 70% sales from synthetics. Recycling efforts are minimal, with only 20% of textiles recycled, mostly cotton. Sustainable fashion faces challenges due to consumer preferences and cost concerns.

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