Gingham dress

Clothing and Textiles

Making new clothes takes a lot of resources and energy. It is estimated that the impact of new clothes bought each year by one household is the same as carbon emissions from driving an average car 6,000 miles.

The average household owns about £4,000 worth of clothes and spends £1,700 per year on new clothing. What's more, around 30% of clothing in the UK has not been worn for a year.

Keeping a smaller number of clothes in use for longer can help reduce the 350,000 tonnes of clothing sent to landfill each year. 

There are a number of ways to reduce clothing waste and make garments go the extra mile.

**Please note that due to contractor difficulties we’re temporarily not accepting textiles, i.e. bedding or curtains, at reuse and recycling centres (RRCs). We are working hard to resolve the textile problem and hope to go back to normal very soon. Please accept our apologies and let us know if you need guidance on these items in the meantime. Items of clothing can continue to be taken to your centre as usual.

Published
3 February 2021

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