The rise in fast fashion has caused a rise in the amount of clothes we thrown away, this has now reached a staggering 300,000 tonnes of clothes a year in the UK. This has a massive environmental impact and is a missed opportunity to save or make money.
In the UK, nearly a third of clothes, worth over £1,000 per household, haven't been worn in the last year. There is massive potential for us to get more from what we already have. Over 5% of the UK's total annual carbon and water footprints are from clothing consumption. If we kept our clothes in active use just 9 months longer (to an average life of around 3 years), this would reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30%
By buying less and better quality clothing, choosing pre-owned more often, caring and repairing for what we have and donating items we no longer need we can make a massive reduction in the clothes we waste and save ourselves some money in the process.