Waste and Resources Action Programme was set up in the UK in 2000 to promote sustainable waste management. In 2012, WRAP released the pioneering ‘Valuing Our Clothes’ report. It examined the carbon, water and waste footprints of clothing throughout its life cycle for one year in the UK. This comprehensive report, looks at the progress that has been made since 2012 and identifies key opportunities for businesses to further reduce the environmental impacts of clothing.
WRAP’s consumer research has found that on average, clothing in the UK lasts for 3.3 years before it is discarded or passed on. Included in the key findings was a reduction of 50,000 tonnes of clothing in household residual waste in the UK since 2012 and that new markets for used clothing need to be found. A copy of the report can be downloaded at this link.