Waste in the fashion industry is way past breaking point. A report from the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that in 2019, over 9 million tons of clothing in the U.S. was sent to landfill, with only 1.6 million tons actually being recycled. And across the last two decades, the production levels of clothing across the globe more than doubled, with consumers purchasing 60% more garments on average each year.
While it’s been well documented that the rise in fast fashion has had a major impact on the current state of unnecessary mass production, we as consumers should be held equally as accountable. According to a recent study, consumers across the United Kingdom alone currently have an estimated $46.7 billion ($64.7 billion USD) worth of unworn clothes in their closets — and we are throwing away, as opposed to recycling, around £70 worth of garments every year.
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