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Priya commented on Re-Cotton

@Re-Cotton I think at first glance, this is a thoughtful idea; however, it is adds just one more step before the mixed-material textiles are gradually returned to various watersheds and ecosystems as pollution. Why? This is because with every wash of the clothes containing, fibers of these materials are released into the watershed. Due to their small size, they are extremely difficult to filter out of the watersheds and the ecosystem. As a result, they are ingested by small organisms. Though the quantities of these materials consumed by these small organisms may seem negligible, these small organisms and their seemingly-negligible quantities of petrochemicals from our clothes began to concentrate in higher and larger organisms as they ascend the food chain. As a result, they can accumulate in harmful quantities in organisms all across different food webs and ecosystems. Not only do these contribute to the harm of those species and ecosystems, but also to the detriment of humans through disease from heightened exposure to these concentrated small fibers and the chemicals they secrete over time. Thus, it may not be able to create a completely closed-loop solution. This is a resourceful delay in the eventual waste of these materials, but I wonder if there is a way to prevent these microfibers from washing out with each use. Still a great idea though, I am not at all suggesting it is not worthwhile.


Priya commented on Minimizing waste

Hi Jine,

Thanks for sharing. It's great to hear that food sharing is a idea that exists on many levels. I currently work in a startup seeking to promote donations of excess food from food providers like restaurants and caterers in Philadelphia. It's great to hear that such an idea is valued on the individual level as well. If you haven't heard of the Food Swap app, you should check it out. It is right up your ally with this post.

Thanks again!


Priya commented on Renaissance University

Your feedback did provide some clarity, so thanks Rob. I will definitely look to add any input I can soon. Great work!