TEXTILE COLLECTIONS MUST IMPROVE TO BOOST CLOTHING RECYCLING, SAYS WRAP
A new report sets out how the fashion and textiles industry can increase its use of recycled fibers and move to a more circular business model.
The report, produced by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), is the first to look at the economic factors influencing ‘fiber to fiber’ recycling – turning used and discarded fabrics back into new clothes.
WRAP estimates that around £140-million worth of clothing is sent to landfill every year in the UK alone, in the context of a growing demand for new clothes: in 2016, around 1.13 million tonnes of clothing was purchased, up 200,000 tonnes from 2012. The fashion industry remains very linear, working on a ‘take-make-dispose’ model with new, cheaply-made and cheaply-sold items put to market every season.
Last Update 2019-02-10