• Totals of textile waste are estimated to be between 550,000 and 900,000 tonnes per year, with most of this coming from household sources
• As we all know, many items of clothing and pairs of shoes are thrown away because they are not fashionable, don't fit or have been outgrown
• It is estimated that 400,000 to 700,000 tonnes of textiles are sent to landfill every year, worth an estimated £400 million.
• At least 50% of the textiles going to landfill are recyclable.
• The amount of textile waste reused or recycled annually in the UK is estimated to be 250,000 tonnes.
• Recovery and recycling provide both environmental and economic benefits.
It is estimated that over 70% of the world's population
use second hand clothes
Textile recovery:• Reduces the need for landfill space. Textiles present particular problems in landfill as synthetic (man-made fibres) products will not decompose, while woollen garments do decompose and produce methane, which contributes to global warming.
• Reduces pressure on virgin resources.
• Aids the balance of payments as we import fewer materials for our needs.
• Results in less pollution and energy savings, as fibres do not have to be transported from abroad