16 Jul '12, 9am

Unused Clothing in UK Closets Worth $46.7 Billion, Report Finds

Unused Clothing in UK Closets Worth $46.7 Billion, Report Finds

Consumers in the United Kingdom have an estimated £30 billion ($46.7 billion) worth of unworn clothes lingering in their closets, according to a new report by WRAP , the UK’s leading body on resource efficiency. Just sitting there, going to waste... The report Valuing Our Clothes examines the financial and environmental components of the life of clothes; from a garment’s raw material, to manufacture, purchase, use and disposal. Funded by the Westminster, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments, the report found that in the last year alone, 1.7 billion items had gone unworn for over a year. It also discovered a healthy interest from consumers in re-using the unloved garments items, with over two thirds of consumers stating they’d be willing to buy and wear pre-owned clothing. Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP, says: The way we make and use clothes consumes a huge amount of ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-fashion/unused-clot...

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