An item is considered recyclable only if it can be recovered or diverted from the waste stream and reused. Items made from recycled components can be classified in two ways: pre-consumer, meaning the recycled component is manufacturing waste or excess (in fashion, this would be unsold and excess fabric, zippers, buttons, garments), or post-consumer, meaning that it is made from components that were disposed of by the consumer (in fashion, this would be donated clothing or textiles).

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