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Shopping more sustainably

The clothes we buy have a huge impact on our carbon emissions and the waste we create. The global fashion industry creates 10% of world carbon emissions and creates 92 million tonnes of waste a year - equivalent to a truck full of clothing waste every second.

There are ways to keep your wardrobe looking fresh and minimising your impact on the planet. Have a look at our advice for buying clothes sustainably.

The easiest way to reduce your clothing footprint is to buy less. The average consumer now buys 60% more clothing than they did 15 years ago: a huge growth in purchases that in turn creates more and more textile waste. 

Make a start in reducing what you buy by taking stock of the clothing you already have. Look at what you own and consider your existing wardrobe before you buy more. Try not to replicate similar items.

Consider creating a capsule wardrobe. This is a smaller wardrobe that has lots of items that go together and so can be paired up to create different outfits. Find out how to create a capsule wardrobe.

Find our tips for making your clothes last longer.

Page updated: 08/08/2022 Page updated by: Waste Management

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