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Radio and Newspaper Reports
- Radio 4 – You and Yours Programme – 26th December 2008.
According to the government research, clothes waste is the fastest growing waste of all, so how good are we at recycling clothes? You and Yours investigates. Guests : Michael Jack MP Chair of the Environment Select Committee and Alan Wheeler, Textile Recycling Association.
- Guardian Article of Interest
Have you ever wondered what happens to your clothing once you place it in a council
approved textile recycling bank? Read “Clothes Line”, by Michael Durham published
in The Guardian on 25th February 2004 and follow the trail of a £50 blouse from a
recycling bank in Ashby-de-la-zouch to a small Zambian village hut.
- Valuing our Clothes – The true cost of how we design, use and dispose of clothing in the UK, published by WRAP, 11th July 2012.
To view the supporting documentation to Valuing our Clothes click here.
- Maximising Reuse and Recycling of UK Clothing and Textiles – EV0421 – published by DEFRA, 2010.
The overall aim of this project is to report up-to-date, comprehensive and robust data on the quality and quantity of clothing and textile waste in the UK and present and evaluate strategies for environmentally sound End-of-Life (EOL) management, in particular increasing reuse and recycling rates.
“Well dressed? The present and future sustainability of clothing and textiles in the United Kingdom”. –
- Mass balance and scenario analysis for UK clothing and textiles sector – Institute for Manufacturing – Cambridge University – November 2006.
The aims of this research were:
- To map the flows of materials, energy and emissions, coming in, being used within and going out the UK, for the Clothing and Textile Sector.
- To evaluate the environmental, the economic and social impact of alternative supply chain structures or other scenarios in the clothing and textile sectors.
- To identify production or recycling technologies of change (reducing the environmental burden of the sector, while retaining competitive profitability)
- To give suggestions on how to achieve certain desirable changes.
- The impact of the second-hand clothing trade on developing countries
Sally Baden and Catherine Barber,
Oxfam, September 2005 (PDF file)
- Salaula: the world of secondhand clothing and Zambia
Karen Hansen, Chicago University Press, 2000
(Review by JL Parpart, Dalhousie University, pub H-SAfrica 2001- PDF file)
- Recycling of Low Grade Clothing Waste
Oakdene Hollins, September 2006 (PDF file)
The primary purpose of the study into the Recycling of Low Grade Clothing Waste is to integrate an economic and market study of the used clothing recycling industry in the UK with technological developments which are aimed at improving the markets for recycling grades of clothing.
- Fashioning Sustainability – A review of the sustainability impacts of the clothing industry
Forum for the Future – March 2007 (PDF file)
This report is intended as a first point of call for anyone wanting to know about the social and environmental impacts of the clothing industry. It is a comprehensive overview rather than a detailed analysis, but will point you in the direction of more in depth information.
- OUVERTES project.
An EU funded report by textile reuse and recycling players on the status of the industry in Europe – June 2005.