Textile re-use has significant benefits for our environment as it diverts our textile waste away from landfill and preserves the resources that would have been used to make the same garment again.
Textiles make up about 3% by weight of a household bin. At least 50% of the textiles we throw away are reuseable; however, the proportion of textile wastes reused or recycled annually in the UK is only around 25%
Over 70% of the world's population use second hand clothes.
The average lifetime of a garment is about three years.
Every kilogram of virgin cotton preserved by reusing second-hand clothing saves 65 kilowatt-hours of energy, equivalent to about 32.5 kilograms of CO2. For polyester, the savings rise to 90 kilowatt-hours per kilogram.