Sustainable Living Means We Have to do Better

As consumers, we can all do better for sustainable living. Notably, consumers are the primary contributors to landfills. But, the primary reason is that they don’t know where to throw away their unwanted stuff. And, that includes lots of textiles such as shoes, clothing, accessories and cell phones. However, businesses also have unwanted inventory they destroy or throw away. Yet, there’s a better way for sustainable living. Instead of throwing clothes, shoes, and cell phones in the trash and harming the environment, make a difference. Earn money for a good cause. Also, lower your environmental footprint. And, support small business owners in developing countries who sell what you no longer want or need.


Sustainable living is something that must be done by all of us. The idea is to have all of us join together to lower the use of the natural resources provided by Earth. As a result of sustainable living, those who do it seek to lower their carbon footprint. And, one of the ways is to find better ways to recycle things we no longer need. However, the reality of what is happening is harsh.

According to reporting from the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • Annually, there’s 262 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW).
  • Textiles represented 16.03M tons and 65.7% of landfills.
  • The average American throws out 81 pounds of clothing annually.

According to the same report, the following are benefits of recycling:

  • Recycling provides jobs in the U.S. and around the world.
  • In the U.S. $36.6 billion in wages was created.
  • Recycling produces $6.7 billion in tax revenue in the U.S.

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  • According to AT&T, an estimated 100 to 130 million cell phones are no longer being used, many languishing in storage.
  • If people were able to reuse those 100 million mobile phones we would save enough energy to power more than 370,000 U.S. homes each year.
  • 70% of the global population uses recycled clothing.