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Textile Recycling

Recycling Clothes & Textiles Is More Important Than You May Think

Binning clothes instead of recycling in the UK has detrimental environmental effects. With approximately 1.13 million tonnes of clothing waste generated annually, only about 29.7% is reused or recycled, leaving the majority to end up in landfills.

This contributes to significant carbon emissions, as decomposing textiles release greenhouse gases. Additionally, textile production requires vast amounts of resources, including water and energy, exacerbating environmental strain.

By discarding clothes instead of recycling, valuable materials go to waste, further depleting finite resources and perpetuating the cycle of environmental degradation.

Last year alone in the UK:
270
kg

of clothes Is chucked away
Per person on average

3500
k

Tonnes of waste
was sent to landfills

260
.2m

Tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions
annually

Looking After Our Planet

Here's How You Can Help Recycle

Reuse

Repurpose

Recycle

Donating is Reusing

Donate your clothes, allow somebody else to enjoy it

By donating your clothes to us for example, through our school fundraising scheme, you contribute to one of our objectives of exporting high-quality and reusable garments to less fortunate individuals who may not have the means to purchase brand-new clothing.

We understand that not everyone wants to support fast fashion, and there is a significant demand for affordable yet durable clothing. Your donations enable us to provide access to good quality clothing at affordable prices, helping to meet the needs of those who value sustainability and affordability.

50
-10%

Reduction in carbon, water & waste footprints if clothes average lifespan is simply extended by 3 months

30
.1m

Tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions could be saved annually by simply reusing clothes

700
%

of consumers are willing to buy second-hand clothing, indicating a growing acceptance and preference for reused garments.

Be creative

Have you considered repurposing existing clothes?

Individuals can make a significant impact on clothing recycling by repurposing old garments. Through creative DIY projects like turning T-shirts into tote bags or jeans into shorts, they extend the lifespan of clothes and reduce textile waste. Donating to charity shops or joining clothing swaps ensures items find new homes. Spreading awareness and encouraging others to repurpose amplifies the effect, promoting sustainability in fashion and contributing to a circular economy.

 

Some examples of repurposing you can try:

  • T-shirt Tote Bag: Cut an old T-shirt into a tote bag shape, and then sew the bottom hem shut to create a reusable shopping bag.

  • Denim Shorts: Transform old jeans into shorts by cutting them to the desired length and adding frayed or rolled hems for a trendy look.

  • Sweater Pillow Cover: Turn an old sweater into a cozy pillow cover by cutting out the front panel and sewing it into a pillowcase shape.

Shopping Sustainably

Circular Fashion

Have you considered embracing circular fashion? Supporting brands that prioritize recycled clothing is one of the simplest ways to contribute to recycling efforts without any extra effort required. By advocating for large corporations and peers to prioritize recycling, we can make a significant impact. Encouraging these entities to prioritize recycled materials can lead to substantial changes in the fashion industry’s sustainability practices.

Case Study – Mud Jeans:
Mud Jeans is a sustainable denim brand known for its innovative approach to fashion. They prioritize environmental and social responsibility by offering leasing and recycling programs, where customers can lease jeans and return them for recycling at the end of their use. Mud Jeans also utilizes eco-friendly materials and production processes, such as organic cotton and recycled denim, to minimize their environmental impact. With a commitment to transparency and circularity, Mud Jeans is reshaping the fashion industry by promoting sustainable consumption and production practices.