Convenience often comes at the expense of the environment...
Single-use items are convenient and easy, but the garbage they create comes at a heavy price to the planet. Much of the trash from disposable products ends up sitting in landfills—and if it’s made from plastic or foam, it may never degrade. Here are seven single-use items that people use every day that do serious damage to our environment.
Clothing and Textiles
From the too-big T-shirt handed out at a charity event to threadbare sheets and towels, the average American will throw away 70 pounds of clothing and textiles per year. Despite this amount of waste, only 15 percent gets donated or recycled, according to the EPA. Donating clothing to Goodwill or the Salvation Army or taking torn and damaged items to recycling centers can help reduce textile waste.
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