Challenges

Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion

This report examines the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry. It highlights recent achievements in the sector, explores opportunities for businesses, and shares insights on consumer attitudes and behaviour toward clothing.

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Ana Ramos
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  • Nice report. Though I'm not sure of:
    "Garments that last longer reduce production and processing impacts, but only if new purchases are avoided"
    I would actually phrase this differently. People really enjoy novelty and change in what they wear, and I don't think we should tell them not to buy, when there are loads of clothes in shops ready to be bought. Why should consumers have this burden? They will naturally buy what is available to them (nevemind if it has a bad impact, if that had any influence in consumer choice, the tobacco industry would have been gone by now)

    Garments that last longer can be passed down, re-used, refurbished, refreshed, resold. This can reduce production and processing impacts, even if we have new purchases, as long as they happen mainly within this loop. The brands are the ones with responsibility over what they have on offer at their stores.

    Iker Montes-Bageneta
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  • Hi Ana. In effect, brands are responsible for what they offer in their stores, but also in a large part of fashion and that what we wear. Me too, I enjoy novelty and change in what I wear, but we must change the habits of consumption, and the culture of using and throwing away. That will only make us generate more waste. It is in our hands to be the generation that stops the climate change or the generation that accelerates it.