Six simple ways to fill your wardrobe with sustainable clothing

Sarah Lees, University of South Wales

The environmental impact of fashion waste is overwhelming. Every year the UK alone sends 350,000 tonnes of clothing to landfills. And as the majority of garments are made from oil-based materials like polyester – 22.67 billion tonnes of polyester clothing is produced every year worldwide – they aren’t going anywhere fast. Oil doesn’t decompose, and if burned the material will release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. There are also problems associated with trimmings such as buttons, zips, studs, and interfacing or lining. When buried with other waste in landfills, the combination of metal … Read the rest