Facts and Figures
The energy required to collect, process and sell a reused item of clothing is only 2 per cent of the energy required to manufacture a new garment.
Annually the UK consumes 2.16 million tonnes of clothing and textile products and spends approximately £38.4 billion on clothing.
Of the textiles that are discarded to the householder waste bin, nationally 43% is reusable.
The clothing and textile sector in the UK is responsible for more than 3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Approximately 1.5 to 2 million tonnes of clothing and textile waste is generated in the UK each year, of which 1.2 million tonnes (63%) is currently disposed of to landfill.
Two million tonnes of textile waste (inc. clothing, carpets and footwear) is generated annually (of which approx 1 million is clothing).
24% (523k tonnes) is collected for reuse and recycling in the UK and overseas.
C02 savings from textile recycling is second only to aluminium – reusing clothes conveys a greater benefit to the environment.
British women own an average of 14 unused items costing an average of £21.82 a piece, totalling just over £305.
UK Government statistics suggest that there are 2.4 billion pieces of clothing unworn for an entire 12 months cluttering up the nations wardrobes, which adds up to a crazy £10 billion worth of unused clothes, shoes, bags etc.
Landfill space in Britain will run out in less than eight years unless recycling rates are boosted and the amount of rubbish dumped in the ground is reduced.
Households in the UK send more than 18.8 million tonnes of rubbish to landfill every year – 2 million tonnes more than any other country in the European Union.