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Our collective waste from throwing away our clothes alone is a major environmental issue. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the equivalent of one rubbish truck full of clothes goes to a landfill every second. Other studies have found that this waste adds up to 92 million tonnes of textile waste a year.
Another problem that is not only contributing further to the number of clothes in our landfills but is also one of the biggest culprits of carbon emissions, is the fast fashion industry. There can be an argument made that as we buy cheaply made products that tear or break easily, they will inevitably be thrown away. Additionally, due to the low price tag and easy access to fast fashion websites, many end up buying more than they need, creating more waste.
Although this seems like a big problem to tackle all at once, we can each make better choices that will create change! This can all start with this year’s summer clothes clear out.
Tips For A Better Summer Clear Out
This is one we have heard time and time again, but reusing is the key to a more sustainable life. When you are going through your clothes before you look to throw anything away, think about when and where you could wear your clothes! When you go to buy something, make sure you aren’t buying anything single-use and get the most out of your items!
Naturally, reusing also means repairing what you already have! Mending your summer clothes yourself or at one of our Repair Cafes, not only gives your clothes a new life but you can pick up a new skill! You can watch our handy repairers work their magic while learning something new and having your items repaired for free! Our cafes do take donations, although there is no obligation.