Rep. Pingree calls for conversation on reducing textile waste

This isn’t the first time Pingree has brought up the topic of fast fashion.

MAINE, USA — While many Mainers have a resourceful mindset of reusing and repairing, not every state thinks the same.

To share the mantra and re-think how the country discards textiles, US Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, is looking to start a conversation in Congress by addressing the growing fast fashion industry.

Pingree sent a formal letter to the Government Accountability Office Wednesday morning requesting a report that would outline recommendations on how the fashion industry and the Environmental Protection Agency can look to reduce textile waste.

This isn’t the first time Pingree has brought up the topic of fast fashion. The congresswoman delivered a speech on the House floor last week, pointing out a discarded pile of clothing in Chile so large that one could see it from space.

Maybe you’ve never heard of “fast fashion” but cheaply made, easily discarded clothes have created landfills so big they are visible from space! These tossed-out garments break down into methane gas + add to the #climate crisis. The federal gov’t can’t ignore textile pollution. Today I’m calling on the GAO to issue a report detailing how the industry and the US Environmental Protection Agency can reduce “fast fashion” pollution, which is now an 11.3 million ton challenge for US landfills – and growing.

Posted by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on Wednesday, June 28, 2023

She says although Mainers may not have the fast fashion industry at the forefront of their minds, it’s heavily connected to preventing pollution and climate change from exacerbating.

“Fishermen themselves are deeply concerned about the amount of plastics there are in the ocean, and how it’s impacting our fish species. A lot of clothing just becomes yet more plastic in the ocean. And so, you find out that everything is related one way or another,” Pingree said.

In 2018, US landfills received 11.3 million tons of textiles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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