Each year in the UK we buy around 1.1 million tonnes of new clothes and discard roughly the same amount. 50% of clothes are re-used (over two-thirds of these go overseas) and a third goes to straight to landfill. What a waste. That’s more than £100 million pounds worth of clothing (second-hand value) being chucked in the bin.

The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothing – yet we never have anything to wear! – and on average, 30% of the clothes in our wardrobes haven’t been worn in the last year. Some of this clothing simply no-longer fits or is suffering from wear and tear, but the rest is likely to be perfectly useable.

Is there a treasure trove of pre-loved items hiding in your wardrobe? Inspired by Charity Fashion Live why not begin your own clothing re-use revolution at home.

Get started with a wardrobe audit. Take a trip to see our step by step guide to sorting out your gear and watch Charity Fashion Lives’s own stylist Emma Slade Edmondson work her magic on an unsuspecting wardrobe in the video.

Don’t forget all clothing has a value. If you don’t love it anymore pass it on to someone who will – family, friends, charity – and if it’s past its best find somewhere local to recycle.


Facts and figures from Valuing our Clothes , WRAP, 2012