- Around 30% of clothing hasn’t been worn in over a year
- Cost of this unused clothing is around £30billion
- Extending clothing life by just 3 months can reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by up to 10%
A report published by WRAP titled ‘Valuing our clothes’ is a summary of the key findings of a major technical report and consumer behaviour survey, which identifies potential economic and environmental business in the clothing sector.
Inspired by a good friend of mine who announced her intention to buy no new clothes for a year, I am also going to give this a try. Rather than buy brand new, I will look for second hand clothing in charity shops and car boot sales, clothes swaps or local on line sites.
The exception to this rule will be underwear. Also, I have stated that one of my goals is to make some clothes for myself this year, so I may have to buy some fabric new, although I will try and find some remnants from the usual second hand sources.
Luckily there are lots of people out there who have blazed a trail for buying nothing new and websites dedicated to promoting ways to make the best use of the clothes you already have, how to prolong thier life and how to dispose of them. I really like Love Your Clothes which has lots of tips and videos and links to events around the UK.
So, Wednesday wardrobe will track my progress and how I cope with buying nothing new. I have already unsubscribed from all the stores who have emailed with SALE offers this week. Oh the temptation…