Facts and figures

 
 

Clothing
According to The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) – a charity that works with governments, businesses and communities to improve resource efficiency – approximately £140m worth of clothing goes into landfill each year.

Secondhand clothing is expected to make up 1/3 of wardrobes by the year 2033 – @thredup

Around 50 trailers of used clothes are going to UK landfills every single day and end up as waste – @regain_app

It can take up to 50 years for some garments to dispose in landfills – @regain_app

2,720 litres of water to manufacture just one T-shirt – Georgia Murray, 8 November 2018, refinery29

Each year the average shopper throws away £70 worth of clothes – Georgia Murray, 8 November 2018, refinery29

£46.7 billion worth of unworn cloths in their closets – Amber Graafland, 14 Novembre 2018, mirror.co.uk

Globally, 80% of discarded textiles are doomed for the landfill or incineration. Only 20% are actually reused or recycled – Allison McCarthy, 22 March 2018, remake.world

Arguably the best thing you can do for the environment is simply not create new products – Céline Samaan, 22 April 2019, Vogue

We now owe way more clothes than we really need – Professor Dylis Williams, Director, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion

“On average, synthetic fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfibers each wash.” The Guardian

“Cotton is the most widespread profitable non-food crop in the world. Its production provides income for more than 250 million people worldwide and employs almost 7% of all labor in developing countries. Approximately half of all textiles are made of cotton. The global reach of cotton is wide, but current cotton production methods are environmentally unsustainable—ultimately undermining the industry’s ability to maintain future production. Bringing cotton production in line with even minimally acceptable environmental standards is a challenging task. WWF is working with a coalition of global partners to promote the sustainable production and use of cotton in a variety of ways.” WWF, worldwildlife.org

“A big part of the waste crisis is the result of packaging, which the fashion industry is using ever more of in the age of online retail. In the EU, total packaging waste in 2016 amounted to nearly 87 million tonnes or about 170 kg per person. Much of it is plastic, which is often not recyclable and can take a significant toll on the environment. An estimated 42 per cent of all plastics produced, outside of those used as fibres, are used for packaging.” Vogue Business

 

General
Humanity is using natural resources faster than they can be renewed – WWF

This increasing pressure on Earth’s natural resources requires new business models that support more sustainable solutions – WWF

0,000 liters: The amount of water needed to produce one kilogram of cotton; equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans – WWF

We’re emitting carbon that is warming our planet, we’re consuming far more than our Earth can replenish, and with each passing day our actions are threatening the biodiversity of our planet and all who call it home – WWF

"The current system is no longer working for businesses, people or the environment. We take resources from the ground to make products, which we use, and, when we no longer want them, throw them away. Take-make-waste. We call this a linear economy. The linear economy has to change. We must transform all the elements of the take-make-waste system: how we manage resources, how we make and use products, and what we do with the materials afterwards. Only then can we create a thriving economy that can benefit everyone within the limits of our planet. IT’S CALLED THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY It’s a new way to design, make, and use things within planetary boundaries. Shifting the system involves everyone and everything: businesses, governments, and individuals; our cities, our products, and our jobs. By designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems we can reinvent everything" https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/what-is-the-circular-econo

“If we go business as usual, by 2025 it is said that 98% of the fiber on the planet will be synthetic, of which 95% will be polyfiber. When we talk about plastics, everybody is shooting at the lowly plastic bag, which is visible, but the real plastic problem is in the microfiber which comes out of fabric, which has gotten into our soil, which has gotten into our water systems, into our food chain, and is living in our bodies. It has become part of our human system now.” Sadhguru

If you purchase second-hand furniture you can be sure that your money has not directly contributed to the felling of forest, slaughter of animals or mistreatment of workers in the depths of the supply chain — ethicalconsumer.org

 

Transport
Transport is responsible for a huge chunk of the UK's carbon emissions and the levels are actually increasing — Muna Suleiman from Friends of the Earth says.