Around 30% of clothes in the household wardrobe have been unused for at least a year. This is worth over £1,000 per household or £30 billion across the UK!
The average lifetime for a garment is 2.2 years. Extending the life of clothing by an extra nine months of active use would reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by around 20-30% each. It could save £5 billion a year from the costs of resources used in clothing supply, laundry and disposal.
There are many ways can all change this; by wearing our clothes for longer, reworking the style and wearing them in a new way or repairing and up-cycling them.
Or if you really are not going to wear it again there are even more choices; pass it on to a friend or family member, donate to charity or re–sell yourself to make some money.
Clothing should NEVER be thrown in the bin! Nearly a third of waste clothing goes into landfill, if this clothing was given the chance to be reused it would generate over £140 million of additional income to charities, local authorities or other organisations for re-use and recycling.
Have a think about what you could do with all those forgotten items in your wardrobe!