Valuing Our Clothes

4th May 2016

WRAP’s report on the clothing industry in the UK identifies £3bn worth of savings and reduction in carbon, water and waste of up to 20%

Key findings
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%

Overview

Overview

'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. 

The report highlights that changes to the way the UK supplies, uses and disposes of clothing could: 

  • reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of clothing by 10-20% each
  • cut some £3 billion per year from the cost of resources used in making and cleaning clothes.

The report sets out opportunities for the clothing sector to reduce the resource impacts of the clothing – and gain business benefits from doing so.

Chapters

Chapters

Chapter 1: Key Findings

This chapter contains the key findings of the report and details how organisations in the UK could cut £3bn a year from the cost of making and cleaning clothes.

To find more detailed information, jump through to our report:

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Key findings >>
What this means for the sector >>
Core money saving opportunities >>
Opportunities for business >>
Opportunities for consumers >>

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Chapter 2: Measuring carbon, water and waste impacts of UK clothing

This chapter details the resource impact of UK clothing on a global scale.

WRAP’s research indicates:

  • clothing makes up 5% of the global carbon footprint of UK goods and services and up 6-8% of the global water footprint.
  • the industry could collectively reduce the carbon, water and waste footprints of clothing by 10-20% each.

To find more detailed information, jump through to our report:

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Measuring the impacts >>
Where can most be done? >>
How much waste do we really produce? >>

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Chapter 3: What is the potential cut to the UK clothing footprint?

This chapter details the business case for cutting the UK clothing footprint.

WRAP’s research indicates how:

  • Simple changes across the clothing life-cycle could reduce each of the carbon, water and waste footprints by as much as 10-20%.
  • More ambitious changes could help reduce the cost clothing the UK population by one-third
  • Extending the average life of clothes by nine months would save £5 billion in resources used to supply, launder and dispose of clothing.

To find more detailed information, jump through to our report:

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What is the potential cut? >>
Opportunities for businesses and consumers >>
A. Reducing the resource impact >>

B. Extending clothing life >>
C. Increasing supply and demand for pre-owned clothing >>
D. Reducing the impacts of laundry >>
E. Keeping clothing out of landfill >>

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Chapter 4: What happens next?


‘This report shows how we can all value clothing more, saving money and reducing environmental impact. The clothing sector is already working to reduce the impact of clothing, and together we will take forward more ideas which deliver real benefits to us all.’
- Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP

 

This chapter sets out the opportunities for the clothing sector to reduce carbon emissions, resource use and waste – and gain business benefit from doing so.

While many of the opportunities are up to businesses themselves to evaluate and take forward, one action that organisations across the sector can take is to sign up to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) 2020 Commitment.

Find out what happens next >>
See our work on Sustainable Textiles >>
Read more about our Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) >>