Valuing our clothes – a new report

Clothing on a rail Today, Wrap (Waste and Resouces Action Programme) have launched a new report into how we design, use and dispose of clothing in the UK.

The full report is available on their website and makes for very interesting reading. We’ve outlined some of the key findings below.

  • The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – but around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for at least a year, most commonly because it no longer fits.
  • Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use per item would lead to a 5-10% reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints.
  • An estimated £140 million worth (350,000) tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.

The report suggests that consumers can get more value out of their clothes by:

  • Using clothes for longer, passing unwanted clothing on to friends and family and exchanging or sharing clothes.
  • Buying more pre-owned clothes.
  • Donating unwanted clothing, instead of throwing it away.

It also highlights that nearly half of all adults put at least some clothing in the bin, usually because they think it couldn’t be used again. Even clothes that may no longer be suitable for wearing can be put into your local textile bank for recycling.

What can I do in Lambeth?

Use your local textile bank to donate items for reuse or recycling.

Attend one of our fabulous swishing parties! The next is on Tuesday 24th July.

Donate unwanted items to your local charity shop and while you’re there have a look around, you never know what you might find!

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2 Responses to Valuing our clothes – a new report

  1. ashleyriser says:

    What about buying higher quality clothes? Isn’t that typically a big step we can take?

    • Lambeth Recycling says:

      Hi Ashley thanks for your comment. Yes definitely, investing in clothes that will last is a great way to reduce our impact.

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