Purple Heart Pickup FAQ Page Facts
Of the roughly 2 million tons of used clothing Americans recycle each year, less than half is ever worn again: 30 percent is cut up for use as industrial rags, and another 20 percent is shredded for couch stuffing and home insulation.
Americans recycle or donate only 15 percent of their used clothing, and the rest—about 10.5 million tons a year—goes into landfills, giving textiles one of the poorest recycling rates of any reusable material.
In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30 outfits — one for every day of the month.
The average American tosses 82 pounds of textile waste each year
According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the U.S. generates around 25 billion pounds of brand-new textiles per year (around 85 percent of that eventually heads for landfills). Goodwill, Salvation Army and other secondhand stores get the remaining 15 percent.
95.4 percent of Americans participate at some level of charitable giving.