The Environmental Cost of Cheap Disposable Products

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The term “single-use” refers to any item designed for disposal after one use, such as water bottles, grocery bags, or disposal cutlery. Although single-use items are widely used around the world for household or commercial purposes, they are also common in the medical field, including face masks, vinyl gloves, surgical robes, etc.  Why We Need …

How Blockchain Technology Can Promote Circularity Within the Fashion Industry


The fashion industry has a sustainability problem. However, the extent of the problem is virtually unknown due to fashion’s global and decentralized supply chain. Blockchain, a new innovative technology commonly associated with bitcoin, has the potential to improve transparency in complex supply chains. An improvement in transparency is the first major step toward building a …

How Can We Use Transparency to Track the Second Life of Clothing?


Society’s addiction to fashion is causing a devastating strain on the planet.  The First Step Towards Sustainable Fashion? Transparency. Cotton crops consume lots of water and require copious amounts of fertilizers and pesticides.  Whereas synthetic fibers, such as polyester, are made of plastic and therefore are derived from fossil fuels. Each year, billions of garments …

Can Medical Plastics be Recycled?

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Globally more than 400 million tons of plastic waste is produced each year, of which only 9 percent is recycled. Medical Plastics and Sustainability in the Health Care Industry During a visit to my dentist’s office this past week I asked my dentist why he doesn’t recycle plastic cups. The answer baffled me, he said …

Sustainability in the Healthcare Industry: Medical Textiles

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According to a recent study sustainability programs have tremendous potential to decrease the environmental footprint of the healthcare industry and drastically reduce costs. While there are many opportunities within the health care industry to reduce waste and improve sustainability efforts. One area often overlooked that creates a huge impact is hospital linen services which include …

Why Zero Panik?

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The Textile Industry is a Dirty Business Why Zero Panik is dedicated to textile recycling The world of fashion allows individuals to freely express their creative selves, but behind the glitz and glamour lies a dark underbelly. As the calls against climate change and social inequities grow stronger, we can no longer ignore the fashion …

From Rags to Ditches


From Rags to Ditches Why turning old t-shirts into rags is not sustainable. If you google textile recyclers you will find a list of companies that take your old t-shirts and rip them up into rags. Now while this all sounds well and good, we all know that rags get soiled and used for the …

The Fall Of The American Textile Industry

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The American Textile Industry Before the industrial revolution, the textile industry operated out of homes and was known as the cottage industry. A once-booming industry here in the United States, todays’ textile industry in the U.S. is a fraction of what it once was. It all began in 1785 when Edmund Cartwright patented the very …

The World of Textiles


Textiles are an important part of our world and of American History. Once a booming industry here in the United States, today’s textile industry in the US is a fraction of what it once was. In 1785 Edmund Cartwright patented the very first power loom in England, this was the very first mechanical approach that …