For clothing the processes from raw material to garment supply contribute around one-third of the waste footprint, three-quarters of the carbon impact and most of the water footprint.
There are opportunities to divert textiles from landfill and develop the market for the re-use and recycling of textiles. We have to improve the sustainability of clothing and textiles across its lifecycle by looking at:
- Procurement and specification of lower impact fibres
- Designing clothes to increase their useful life and reduce laundry impacts
- Working with supply chain partners to increase efficiency
- Providing consumer information on garment longevity and laundry practice and re-use and recycling.