Zero Waste Textile Initiative


The Zero Waste Textile Initiative seeks to eliminate the 39 million pounds of textiles San Franciscans send to the landfill each year and help reduce the astonishing 21 billion pounds of textile waste
generated yearly in the United States.  

Each year, the number of pounds of textiles that San Franciscans send to the landfill could fill about 1,500
Muni buses. To address this crisis, the City and County of San Francisco have launched the Zero Waste Textile Initiative. (ZWTI)
About 39 million pounds of textiles go to the landfill each year in San Francisco.
A frightening 21 billion pounds of textile waste are generated each year in the United States.
Increased awareness and options are elements of the comprehensive effort which this progressive program teams up SF retailers, large and small, with nonprofit partners and schools to get the region even closer to zero waste.
San Francisco’s goal of Zero Waste by 2020, a 2002 initiative, has already achieved an impressive 80 percent landfill diversion rate.
The new ZWTI program aims to build upon this success by harnessing untapped reuse and recycling markets by expanding textile drop-off locations in San Francisco and accepting worn out items such as old athletic shoes and torn jeans that were previously considered trash.
San Francisco Sustainable Fashion Week International is committed to bring this educational awareness of protecting

our environment by hosting “Swap ‘Till You Drop” events that started in 2014.

Women get to exchange garments that they no longer wear.
They get to style-up their wardrobes with great selections offered at the event!
Community comes together at an event that is supported by businesses and organizations.

People have fun and learn about the benefits of swapping and diverting textiles from the landfill.

By the numbers:

                                                       *  4,500 lbs. of textiles are disposed each hour in San Francisco.
                                                       *  It takes as much as 1,000 gallons of water to make “a single” T-shirt and “one” pair of jeans.
                                                       *  And, it is estimated that there are about 8,000 chemicals being used in clothing that
                                                           have not been tested for their “safety in humans.”



Video: San Francisco Department of the Environment

Invitation to have a Closet Exchange activity at people’s parties!

GUYS & GALS Closet Exchange Party

Download the Flyer. [needs pdf link]