Clothes thrown away falls by 50,000 tonnes to 300,000 tonnes


WRAP has published its report into the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry.

Valuing our Clothes: the Cost of UK Fashion shows that the amount of clothing in the household residual waste stream has fallen by 50,000 tonnes since 2012 to 300,000.


The report is based on the work of signatories to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP).

WRAP believes reuse and recycling have helped to divert an increasing amount of clothing away from landfill since 2012.

WRAP director business programmes Steve Creed said: “It’s great to see fewer clothes ending up in the residual waste, but overall our carbon footprint, including global and territorial emissions, has risen to more than 26 million tonnes CO2e. That’s nearly 2 million tonnes greater than five years ago due to increased clothing purchases, thanks to relatively low prices and the increased population.

“The next few years are critical in balancing this growing demand with supplying clothes more sustainably. I’m confident SCAP will play a big part in helping to make this happen, and make sustainable fashion much more mainstream.”