The latest investigation by CBC’s Marketplace reveals that despite the promotion of sustainable clothing by fashion retailers, a significant amount of recycled clothing still ends up in the garbage. Many companies’ claims about their use of recycled materials do not hold up under scrutiny. For example, products labeled as recycled or made with recycled materials were found at several top Canadian retailers, but they were not entirely made from old clothes as advertised. Instead, much of the recycled polyester used by fashion brands is made from old plastic bottles. This practice actually removes bottles from potentially closed-loop recycling systems and sends them to landfills instead. Experts estimate that less than one percent of the world’s fashion waste is truly recycled.