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New opportunities to divert textiles from landfill

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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.A new textiles economy

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