More than 3 billion pounds of shoes, clothes, linens and textiles are sent to landfills each year instead of being donated or recycled. The rate of textile waste is increasing at a faster pace than recycling rates. Approximately 85 percent of unwanted clothing is not being recycled. Midwest is a Michigan owned and operated business determined to keep Michigan on a “Green” path. Only 15 percent of unwanted clothing is recycled. The average American throws out 67.9 pounds of used clothing and rags each year.