💚 A Circular Revolution in Fashion 👚

💚 A Circular Revolution in Fashion 👚

By
Dennis Kamprad

Read Time:5 Minutes

CLICK TO
SUBSCRIBE

follow follow
Impactful Ninja is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more Learn more .
Affiliate Disclosure

Hey fellow impactful ninja ?

You may have noticed that Impactful Ninja is all about providing helpful information to make a positive impact on the world and society. And that we love to link back to where we found all the information for each of our posts.

  • Most of these links are informational-based for you to check out their primary sources with one click.

  • But some of these links are so-called "affiliate links" to products that we recommend.

Why do we add these product links?

First and foremost, because we believe that they add value to you. For example, when we wrote a post about the environmental impact of long showers, we came across an EPA recommendation to use WaterSense showerheads. So we linked to where you can find them. Or, for many of our posts, we also link to our favorite books on that topic so that you can get a much more holistic overview than one single blog post could provide.

And when there is an affiliate program for these products, we sign up for it. For example, as Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.

What do these affiliate links mean for you?
  1. First, and most importantly, we still only recommend products that we believe add value for you.

  2. When you buy something through one of our affiliate links, we may earn a small commission - but at no additional costs to you.

  3. And when you buy something through a link that is not an affiliate link, we won’t receive any commission but we’ll still be happy to have helped you.

What do these affiliate links mean for us?
  1. When we find products that we believe add value to you and the seller has an affiliate program, we sign up for it.

  2. When you buy something through one of our affiliate links, we may earn a small commission (at no extra costs to you).

  3. And at this point in time, all money is reinvested in sharing the most helpful content with you. This includes all operating costs for running this site and the content creation itself.

What does this mean for me personally?

You may have noticed by the way Impactful Ninja is operated that money is not the driving factor behind it. It is a passion project of mine and I love to share helpful information with you to make a positive impact on the world and society. However, it's a project in that I invest a lot of time and also quite some money.

Eventually, my dream is to one day turn this passion project into my full-time job and provide even more helpful information. But that's still a long time to go.

Stay impactful,

Happy Thursday 👋

Think of how many different textiles you have in your possession. For how many years have you been using these? And how many more do you think you could use them for?

For me, I know that I have several pieces that are more than a decade old. But not all of them have the same story… Some, I had to donate and even dispose of quite a bit earlier than that…

Now, where do these go from there? Way too many non-rewearable textiles end up in landfills…

For example, in the US alone, an estimated 11.3 million tons of textile waste – equivalent to 85% of all textiles – end up in landfills on a yearly basis.

This is why I’m especially happy to share that even textile waste might become more circular!

👚 Revolution in Fashion: How Circular Fashion Projects Help Textile Recycling

Exciting news: In a significant stride towards sustainable fashion, the UK Fashion & Textile Association has launched a series of government-funded projects focused on textile recycling infrastructure, circular fashion, and sustainable manufacturing.

This is a monumental step toward a greener future for the fashion industry.

The first initiative is a £4 million project to develop and pilot a fully-integrated, automated sorting and pre-processing demonstrator for waste textiles:

  • This pioneering system could divert thousands of tonnes of textiles from landfill each year.
  • This ‘Autosort for Circular Textiles Demonstrator’ aims to transition from manual sorting of clothes and textiles unsuitable for resale to highly-automated sorting and pre-processing, which can then be used as feedstock for existing and emerging recycling processes.

This automates the sorting and pre-processing of non-rewearable textiles, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of tonnes of material from landfill.

However, the project is not without its challenges:

  • Manual sorting of used textiles has its limitations, as it’s not possible to sort garments by fiber composition ‘by eye.’
  • Pre-processing steps required by textile recyclers, such as button, zip, and trim removal, haven’t been optimized and customized to meet their individual specifications.
  • No scaled process currently exists which brings all of this into one industrial process or facility.

Despite these hurdles, the potential impact of this project is enormous.

If successful, it could create a national system of recycling plants that could save hundreds of thousands of tonnes of material from entering landfill, generating huge volumes of material for use across the UK textile manufacturing sector.

And although it’ll take a few more years to see results, this seems like an advancement to prevent textile waste all around the world!

📢 More Good News…

👉 South Korea reuses 90% of food scraps: Since 2005, South Korea has been recycling food waste into fertilizer, animal feed, and even fuel for heating homes. Food scraps are one of the number one sources of greenhouse gasses, so this sophisticated food waste system is a great way to prevent methane production and help fight climate change.

👉 Biden vetoes repeal on truck emissions: US President Biden protected a new regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to cut back on truck emissions. He vetoed a resolution that would have repealed it, arguing, “This would take us backward in our fight against air pollution

👉 Blue whales in California waters: California residents are seeing blue whales in their oceans more and more frequently! Although blue whales are still endangered, these sightings are heartwarming to see after nearly 5 decades of conservation efforts. 

Share the news with your friends to make a bigger positive impact on the world and society!

Stay impactful, 💚

Illustration of a signature for Dennis

Dennis (Founder & Chief Ninja)

PS: Do you like our email newsletter? Forward it to a friend!

PPS: Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up for our newsletter here!


🌎 Event of the Week: World Rainforest Day

🌳 Did you know that World Rainforest Day is being held right now on June 22? This event aims to raise awareness about the importance of rainforests, as well as their role in biodiversity conservation, and the ethical need to preserve them. The World Rainforest Day Summit is completely free and explores the ways in which all of us can make a difference for our valuable ecosystems. Join in and attend online too!

Below are our favorite charities and organizations that are especially relevant to this event:

📜 This Week in History

🥇 June 23, 1940: Wilma Rudolph is born. She survives childhood polio and becomes the first American woman to win three track-and-field gold medals in just a single Olympics.

📘 June 25, 1947: “The Diary of a Young Girl” is first published. It is written by Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl, discussing her experiences during WWII. Years later, it is translated into nearly 70 different languages and becomes an important piece of war literature.

🇺🇳 June 26, 1945: The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco, California. The charter establishes the ethical principles and framework for international cooperation, peace, and respect for human rights.

🏳‍🌈 June 26, 2015: The United States Supreme Court delivers its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. The decision marked a significant advancement in LGBTQ+ rights and equality.

💭 Quote of the Week

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  Anne Frank; Jewish diarist, historical figure of WWII

Photo of author
Did you like this newsletter sample?

Then get the 5-minute newsletter that makes reading impactful news enjoyable—packed with actionable insights to make a positive impact in your daily life.

Illustration of our Impactful Ninja logo, holding up a newsletter with a green heart
Become more impactful, one email at a time
Get the 5-minute newsletter that makes reading impactful news enjoyable—packed with actionable insights to make a positive impact in your daily life.
Illustration of our Impactful Ninja logo, which is a ninja holding a green heart and has a light-green outline here
Become more impactful, one email at a time
Get the 5-minute newsletter that makes reading impactful news enjoyable—packed with actionable insights to make a positive impact in your daily life.