Resource: Uniform reuse website
The website acts as a resource to educate and create awareness of the opportunities which exist to reuse and recycle corporatewear and therefore reduce the amount sent to landfill each year.
Thursday, 3rd May 2012
Around 1.5 2 million tonnes of clothing and textiles waste are discarded every year in the UK. Of this only 16% (300,000 tonnes) is currently reused or recycled with 63% (1.2 million tonnes) ending up in landfill. Tackling clothing and textile waste is a major challenge particularly significant in the corporate clothing sector in which only 5% of garments is recovered. Not only are greenhouse gases released as the fabrics decompose, but valuable resources which could have otherwise been reused or recycled are wasted. Reusing rather than landfilling clothing provides a range of sustainability benefits. The social and economic benefits include supporting the UK textile recycling industry which has declined in recent years due to imports of inexpensive clothing and a move to overseas sorting. Reusing or recycling creates jobs and boosts local economies.
Why textile process waste should be remanufactured
H&M Foundation Global Change Award winner calls for remanufacturing of textile waste - a significant economic opportunity for textile mills that will also improve supply chain transparency/traceability and create new, circular business models.