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Derelict Duds

Textiles are nearly 100 percent recyclable, yet mountains of cast-off clothing end up in America’s landfills each year. Professor Jana Hawley, textile recycling expert and chair of MU’s textile and apparel management department, says we can do better. One way is to donate, instead of dumping, our unwanted attire. Another is to purchase “slow fashion” garments. Most American consumers, she says, buy “fast fashion” — clothes that are created quickly and cheaply but lack durability. “Slow fashion” is clothing that’s well-made, is often produced locally and is much longer lasting. Such garments are more expensive, but better for both you and your planet. Get a closer look at this, and additional examples of fashion-forward thinking, at

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