Fiber Recycling By the Numbers

  • Every ton of recycled plastic saves 1.8 tons of oil and .77 tons of greenhouse gases.

  • Recycling 1 ton of carpet prevents more greenhouse gas emissions than recycling a ton of lumber, paper or cardboard.

  • A ton of recycled carpet saves 198 gallons of oil and keeps 2 metric tons of greenhouse gasses out the atmosphere.

  • Since 1922, Leigh Fibers has diverted over 14 billion pounds of fiber from the landfill.

  • Less than 25% of post-consumer textile waste is recycled.

  • The manufacturing of virgin plastics consumes 8% of all world resources.

  • Over 5 billion pounds of carpet go to the landfill each year.

  • 89% of consumers are interested in eco-friendly options, 30% actively search for them, and 43% of Americans plan to go “extremely green” within the next 3 years.

  • In the U.S., the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year.

  • Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2% of the waste in landfills.

  • Data suggests that the U.S. generates 11.1 million tons of clothing and textile waste per year—enough to fill 15 Boeing 737 jumbo jets—but recycles or reuses less than 30%.

  • The U.S. produces roughly 25 billion pounds of post-industrial and post-consumer textile waste annually.

  • About 1.5 billion pounds of this post-industrial waste is diverted from our landfills and reused or recycled into new raw materials every year.

  • Using recycled cotton rather than conventionally grown cotton saves about 712 gallons of water per shirt.

  • The carbon footprint for a conventional t-shirt, including spinning, knitting, dyeing, finishing, cutting, sewing, and transportation, can be as much as 12.5 kg of CO2 per kg of fabric.