According to EPA estimates, Americans generate 13.1 million tons of textile waste annually, but only recycle about two million tons despite the fact textiles are 100% recyclable. The result is over 11 million tons of textile waste is sent to landfills annually costing taxpayers more than $375 million in waste disposal fees each year. Textile upcycling is a process through which discarded textiles are converted into new products of better quality rather than sent to a landfill. By transforming board shorts otherwise destined for a landfill into hip and stylish lights, BoardShades sees a unique opportunity to actively help reduce textile waste.
"Textile upcycling is a green design solution to the textile waste problem," said Turck, who started BoardShades last year adding, "BoardShades are a fun, creative, and eco-friendly way to accent any space. Every light is one of a kind.”
Available in an endless array of colors BoardShades are also waterproof making them ideal for lighting both outside and inside. Prices for BoardShades range from $50-$150 and are available for purchase exclusively online at http://www.BoardShades.com.