Post-consumer textile recycling isn’t slowing down anytime soon, as apparel leaders continue to prioritize greener garment supply chains worldwide.

The apparel sector today is the world’s second largest pollutant and its carbon footprint continues to leave a dirty path on the planet. Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that 26 billion pounds of apparel and textiles end up in landfills each year, despite the potential for post-consumer clothing to be reused and recycled.

At a Texworld USA panel in New York on Monday, brands, designers and other industry members discussed the issue. Moderated by Sourcing Journal senior editor Arthur Friedman, the panel highlighted the industry’s efforts to give garments a second life and the challenges it faces.

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