What can I do with my unwanted clothes?

What is the environmental impact of clothing?

The textile industry contributes around 10% of global greenhouse emissions and 20% of global waste water production. This is more than shipping and aviation combined. With proper collection and sortation, many items of clothing can be reused to give them a new lease of life.

The UK has the highest consumption of new clothing in Europe, with the average person buying 26.7kg of new clothes each year. The average lifetime for a piece of clothing is estimated to be 2.2 years leading to around 300,000 tonnes of used clothes either being burned or sent to landfills on an annual basis.

Where to recycle clothing and textiles near me...

Find your nearest clothing and textile recycling point 

  • Reducing your impact
  • Unwanted clothes
  • Sorting and recycling

The Emperor's Old Clothes

Choosing how to dispose of unwanted clothes is significant, because selecting appropriate recycling or reuse routes reduces our impact on the environment.

Our blog presents the scale of the textiles waste issue and looks at how consumers view the world of textiles recycling. 

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Post Clothes Lottery

It is estimated that £140 million pounds’ worth of clothing is sent to landfill every year!

Our blog looks at ways we can incentivise textiles collections in a bid to reduce the scale of this waste issue.

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