On average, the U.S. generates about 25 billion pounds of textiles each year — 85 percent of which end up in landfills, according to the nonprofit Council for Textile Recycling. With post-consumer textile waste accounting for more than 5 percent of all municipal solid waste generated in the U.S. each year, the need for convenient solutions to a complex problem are becoming crucial.
A global investigation into every coal-fired power plant proposed in the last five years shows that only one in three of them has actually been built. Researchers say that for each new plant constructed somewhere in the world, two more have been shelved or cancelled. They say this rate is significantly higher in Europe, South Asia, Latin America and Africa. In India, since 2012, six plants have been cancelled for each one built.
What do gender equality and the environmental crisis have in common? “Everything,” according to Terry Odendahl, executive director of Global Greengrants Fund, a Boulder-based environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale. On March 8, International Women’s Day, Odendahl was recognized for her leadership in advancing the rights of women working toward environmental justice — both locally and internationally — at a luncheon hosted by WorldDenver. Odendahl has been at the helm of Global Greengrants Fund for the past six years. She previously served as the executive director of two women’s funds and has a diverse background in anthropology, philanthropy and gender studies.