The reuse of clothing can provide significant environmental benefits by reducing production and consumption of new garments.

The estimated savings are influenced significantly by the extent to which reused clothes displace the need for new clothing and its associated environmental impacts. Recent WRAP research has estimated the dsiplacement rate for clothing re-used in the UK to be about 28%, which means that for every 100 second-hand garments bought, 28 new garments are displaced [1].

1. WRAP, 2012, Valuing Our Clothes

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