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Having a read through @WRAP_UK report into the waste textiles market - for our @ZeroWasteLeeds project on textiles and fashion. Lots of interesting stuff in there. 5% of household spending goes on clothing.
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds 921,000 tonnes of used textiles ended up in household residual waste (ie to go to landfill or incineration) in 2017. 336,000 tonnes of that was used clothing. Meanwhile 620,000 tonnes of used textiles were collected for reuse & recycling.
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds I always find big figures like that hard to relate to. But fair to say that a LOT of clothing and other textiles that could be reused - or recycled - is ending up in landfill or is being incinerated.
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds It seems that if we don't recycle or reuse clothing, we're most likely to put it in the bin. Other textiles (presumably including larger items like duvets etc) that we don't recycle are more likely to end up disposed of at a Household Waste Site. There's a lot of it.
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds 48% of the used textiles that are collected for reuse or recycling are collected via charity shops. 37% via textile banks. Only 1% is collected by Councils at the kerbside (because few Councils currently offer that service).
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds Of the used textiles that are collected, around a third is sold in charity shops. 60% is exported - mostly for reuse in the destination countries (ie mostly not for recycling). 5% of the used textiles that are collected go to waste.
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds So 60% of used the used textiles that are collected are exported. Here (by value) is where they end up.
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds Lots more of interest in this @WRAP_UK report on textiles market. You can read the full report here wrap.org.uk/content/textil… & find out more about their #SCAP2020 work here wrap.org.uk/content/scap-r… . More on @ZeroWasteLeeds work on fashion and textiles here zerowasteleeds.org.uk/posts/zero-was…
@WRAP_UK @ZeroWasteLeeds You can also see our map of Leeds charity shops and textile banks here google.com/maps/d/u/0/vie… & find out more about our #ZeroWaste #FashionHack planning session, next week, here - zerowastefashion.fashion.blog
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