Is recycle broken?


While Instagramming this week, I found a post that catches me up.

For them who don't know, Patagonia has an incredible program called Worn Wear, where they recycle or repair clothes to allow them to extend their live use; and even if this sounds awesome (in 2018 they recycled 6,797 pounds of products), these guys also has an uncomfortable truth, not everything is possible to reuse, repair or recycle due to different factors, in fact, they have an enormous pile of unusable clothes just waiting to know what they can do whit it, as they decided not to send it to a landfill or the incinerator.

Interestingly, that clothes pile works also as a perfect metaphor for all the trash we are producing. The article explains:

«In 2015, in the United States alone, we generated 262 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW). That’s the equivalent of 17.5 million conventional school buses packed at full capacity with passengers. Only 91 million tons, or 34.7 percent, of that, was recycled and composted. The rest ended up in landfills and combustion energy recovery».

What is happening, and maybe a lot of persons are not aware of is that everything we put into our blue bins ends turned into bales, stocked with three possible destinations: landfills, incinerators, or shipped to countries in Southeast Asia.

So, what's the deal here? Should we stop recycling? Of course, the answer for that is a big NO, but, we need (with urgency) look for cutting down on consumption.

As the article says: «Recycling is what we do when we’re out of options to avoid, repair or reuse the product first». If you want to see the whole story (and you should) just click here.