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Fashion and Waste: An Uneasy Relationship

Waste occurs throughout a garment’s life cycle, culminating in 57% of discarded clothes going to landfill each year. Better waste management offers huge cost savings and environmental benefits.

Waste is at the very heart of fashion. It occurs all along the supply chain, throughout consumer use, right up to the end-of-use disposal. Underscoring this physical journey of waste is the central tenet of ‘being in or out of fashion’ – embedding the notion that it’s acceptable to discard a garment regardless of whether it is still functionally useful.

Given this, it is perhaps surprising that relatively little attention is given to waste as a concept in the industry, according to recent rese…

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