Research conducted for WRAP has shown that lifetime extension including through designing for durability, is the most significant action that can be taken reduce the carbon and waste footprints of UK clothing.

The table to the left shows the estimated resource savings associated with using clothes for 10% and 33% longer [1].

Recently published work by WRAP on longevity provides further statistics and guidance on how to increase the active life of clothing [2].

1. WRAP, 2012, Valuing Our Clothes
2. WRAP, 2013, Clothing Design for Longevity