Eco Fashion

The UK’s £30 billion clothes waste

Eco Fashion is not only limited to eco fabrics. Reducing our consumption and/or re-using clothes (either by donating them or buying second hand) have a major impact on the environment.

A new report by WRAPValuing our Clothes” has found that “UK consumers have around £30 billion worth of clothes which they haven’t worn for a year hanging in their wardrobes”

WRAP’s research, found that in the last year alone we left a staggering 1.7 billion items unused in our wardrobes.

Key findings include:

  • the average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – and around 30% of clothing in wardrobes has not been worn for at least a year;
  • the cost of this unused clothing is around £30 billion;
  • extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use would lead to a 5-10% reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints; and
  • an estimated £140 million worth (around 350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.


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