How much clothing is sent to landfill?
85% of all textiles thrown away in the US – roughly 13 million tonnes in 2017 – are either dumped into landfill or burned. The average American has been estimated to throw away around 37kg of clothes every year.
How much clothing is produced each year?
Each year, more than 100 billion garments are made and around $450 billion worth of textiles are thrown away around the world.
How much of fast fashion ends up in landfill?
An estimated 40 per cent are of such poor quality they are deemed worthless on arrival and end up dumped in landfill. As global clothing consumption skyrockets, fed by ruthless “fast fashion” brands, it’s creating an environmental catastrophe.
Where do used clothes end up?
While you may donate your old clothing to charity, the truth is, even then, a whopping 84 percent of our clothing ends up in landfills and incinerators, according to the EPA.