Marie Claire Korea - 'Remade in Italy'
Second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world.
It accounts to 10% of greenhouse emissions and nearly 20% of the world’s waste water—according to the EPA, 15.1 million tons of textile waste are generated each year in the US alone, while complexity and lack of sorting mean that only 1% of our clothing is ultimately recycled into new garments. Of this 1%, wool is the most recycled fabric—in Prato, Italy, this industry is a historical tradition. An old law prohibiting the importation of raw wool promoted the rise of a district where companies today sort and recycle over 15% of all the world’s textiles with a market value of 2.5 billion $.