The falling price of clothing, and increasing affluence is causing a significant increase in the volume of textile products consumed in the UK. The secondary textile industry collects just 17% of all textiles consumed with the balance being either stockpiled or discarded to the household waste stream.
The combined waste from clothing and textiles arising per year in the UK is about 2.35 million tones, which accounts for 0.7% of the total UK waste. 2.35 million tons of clothing and textiles are equivalent to 40 kg per person per year, which means a staggering 30kg per person per year go to landfill, where the textiles release methane emissions into the atmosphere and pollute groundwater through toxic leachate amongst others.
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