Consumption of new clothing is estimated to be higher in the UK than any other European country–26.7kg per person. This compares to 16.7kg in Germany, 16kg in Denmark, 14.5kg in Italy, 14kg in the Netherlands and 12.6kg in Sweden.
Charity shops are currently the UK’s main clothing collection infrastructure. The UK has one of the highest collection rates of used clothes in the world (per head of population) according to the Textile Recycling Association. Around 650,000 tonnes of unwanted clothing is collected annually. The UK’s 11,000 charity shops diverted over 330,000 tonnes of textiles from landfill in 2017 and helped reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes a year by reusing and recycling second-hand clothes. In 2018, the UK ranked as the world’s second biggest exporter of used clothing, Ghana is the leading destination country for the UK’s second-hand clothing exports, followed by Poland, Pakistan, Ukraine and Nigeria.
St Blazey Recycle Reuse Resale CIC
Address: Unit 3b Latham Business Park Middleway, St Blazey PL24 2JH
Phone: +44 1726 817130