IJEP 41(5): 568-574 : Vol. 41 Issue. 5 (May 2021)
Kanika Agarwal and Seema Sekhri*
University of Delhi, Department of Fabric and Apparel Science, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India
The growing population combined with the overall improvement in living standard has resulted in a steady increase in global fabric consumption. The fast-fashion culture has greatly influenced the production of textiles over the last few years. Increasing volumes of textiles are being produced, purchased and disposed of in landfill sites which affect the environment. Textiles present particular problems in landfill as synthetic products do not decompose, while woollen garments decompose and produce methane, which contributes to global warming. Data on textile waste products from different countries of the world is very alarming. India generates around 188.5 million tonnes of municipal solid waste per day and 6% of which is textiles. Textiles are nearly 100% recyclable, thus attention needs to be given to their recycling. The present study aims to understand clothing waste disposal practices followed by young consumers in India. For this purpose, a standardized questionnaire was administered on 384 youth residing in Delhi/NCR. The second objective is to investigate the recycling practices followed by Indian industries. For this, visits were made to the industries at Panipat. The results indicate there is a need to create awareness and encourage youth to adopt sustainable disposal habits.
Fast fashion, Consumers, Disposal, Landfill, Textile recycling
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