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.

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