As a zero-waste advocate, in addition to the great-granddaughter of a seamstress, I used to be completely happy to learn “Radical menders vs. disposable everything” (Concepts, Could 22). Massachusetts generates shut to six million tons of waste every year, and it’s buried in landfills, burned in incinerators, or finally ends up as litter. Greater than 230,000 tons of that waste, or about 4 %, is textile waste.
In her Concepts piece, Veronique Greenwood chronicles the motion to fix clothes “relatively than throwing away garments which have holes, rips, or worn elbows.” Thanks partially to a push by the Zero Waste Massachusetts coalition, together with MassPIRG, Clear Water Motion, the Conservation Regulation Basis, and Neighborhood Motion Works, the state Division of Environmental Safety banned throwing away textiles, a coverage that may take impact in November. Whereas after all all of us can and will do our particular person half in lowering waste, authorities motion like this, in addition to company accountability from the “quick vogue” producers who rush low cost clothes to market, all must be a part of the way in which ahead.
It’s as much as all events to fix our frayed relationship with the planet.
Janet S. Domenitz
Massachusetts Public Curiosity Analysis Group