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100 Reasons To Choose Preloved

1. The world’s best scientists have calculated we have less than 11 years before climate change becomes irreversible unless we radically reduce global levels of CO2 and resource consumption.
2. Clothing is one of the most carbon producing, environmentally destructive and chemically toxic industries in the world.
3. We send 300,000 tonnes of clothing to UK landfill each year. (Wrap)
4. It can take 2,700 litres to produce the cotton needed for a single t-shirt - that’s 7.39 years of drinking water for one child. 
5. British consumers buy more clothes per person than any other country in Europe  (Environmental Audit Committee), and now consume twice as much clothing as we did 10 years ago.
6. Making and washing one pair of jeans emits the same CO2 as driving 69 miles. (Levi Strauss & Co.)
7. The clothing industry is responsible for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions (Ellen MacArthur Foundation) and 25% of global chemical use. 20% of total global industrial wastewater pollution comes from the textile industry (World Bank).
8. The textile industry will account for 25% of the global carbon budget by 2050. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Make Fashion Circular)
9. By 2050 the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles given the growth in global population. (UN)
10. Buying one used item reduces it’s carbon footprint by 82%. (Green Story Environmental Study, thredUP Report 2019).
11. Children’s clothes are significantly under worn and often completely unworn. By the age of two a child will have passed through seven sizes of clothes.
12. 70% of what we donate to charity in the UK is transported overseas for profit - joining a global second-hand trade in which billions of old garments are bought and sold around the world every year. (Wrap)
13. The most common manufactured fabrics (Polyester, Acrylic, Nylon, Spandex) are petroleum (oil) based fabrics. 
14. Extending the life of clothes by just nine extra months of active use would reduce carbon, water and waste footprints around 20%-30% each and cut resource costs by 20% or by £5 Billion. (Wrap Report 2015)
15. By 2030 global apparel consumption could rise by 63%, from 62 million tons today to 102 million tons - equivalent to more than 500 billion additional T-shirts. (Pulse of the Fashion Industry, 2017)
16. Many chemicals used in the clothing industry are bio-accumulative and persistent, meaning that once in the environment they remain for a very long time. (Traid)
17. 120 million trees are cut down every year to make clothes. (Rainforest Action Network)
18. Destruction of wildlife habitats is the leading human-related cause of extinction. (WWF)
19. Every second, one garbage truck full of textiles is burned or sent to landfills. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
20. The fashion industry is ranked fourth in terms of its negative environmental impact - just below housing, transport, and food. (Wrap, Mapping Clothing Impacts in Europe: The Environmental Cost (2017)
21. Synthetic fibres such as polyester, polynosic, acrylic, microfibre, viscose, rayon and nylon and blended combinations, are produced and created with 8,000-12,000 highly toxic chemicals that do not occur naturally in nature. (Organic Clothing Alliance)
22. Every time we wash a synthetic garment about 1,900 individual microfibers are released into the water, making their way into our oceans. (www.sustainyourstyle.org)
23. Synthetic fibres are being found in the deep sea, in Arctic sea ice, in fish and shellfish. (Fixing Fashion Report, Environmental Audit Committee)
24. Cotton production is now responsible for 16% of the world’s pesticides use and 25% of the world’s insecticide use. And more than 90% of cotton is now genetically modified.
25. "It may sound frightening, but the scientific evidence is that if we have not taken dramatic action within the next decade, we could face irreversible damage to the natural world and the collapse of our societies." (Sir David Attenborough)
26. When we throw away an item of clothing we throw away all the energy and natural resources that went into making them. (Rekindle Clothes)
27. Three out of every five clothing items bought are thrown away within a year. (McKinsey)
28. Three-quarters of consumers throw away unwanted clothing rather than recycle or donate them. (Rebecca Smithers, The Guardian, Thur 6 Apr 2017)
29. “The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future” (Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group)
30. The world now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. This is 400% more than the amount we consumed just two decades ago. As new clothing comes into our lives, we also discard it at a shocking pace. (True Cost, movie)
31. “We are the last generation that can prevent irreparable damage to our planet,” (UN General Assembly President)
32. 1,900 of the chemicals used in the clothing industry cannot be washed out of the fabrics.  The chemicals that do wash out enter and pollute our water systems, creating lethal cocktails that have been linked to a range of chronic illnesses and diseases. (Organic Clothing Alliance)
33. Over 70% of the average UK wardrobe goes unworn (Movinga study)
34. Less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing at the end of its life. (Fixing Fashion Report, Environmental Audit Committee)
35. 30% of the rayon and viscose used in clothing comes from endangered and ancient forests. (Nicole Rycroft, Canopy Founder and Executive Director)  
36. Some retailers have favoured burning their wearable unsold stock than recycle or donate it, merely to preserve their brand. (Fixing Fashion Report, Environmental Audit Committee)
37. Pesticides used on cotton harm people, wildlife and the environment. They can poison farm workers, drift into neighbouring communities, contaminate ground and surface water and kill beneficial insects and soil micro-organisms. (Pesticide Action Network)
38. Over the past 10 years, clothing has been the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. (Rebecca Smithers, The Guardian, Thur 6 Apr 2017)
39. The UK is the second largest used clothing exporter after the US. The UK exported more than £380m or 351,000 tonnes of discarded clothes overseas in 2013 - top destinations were Poland, Ghana, Pakistan and Ukraine. (UN)
40. The greatest quantity of water used within the clothing industry is used during the growing and production of fibres. (Wrap Report 2015)
41. Many chemicals used in the textiles industry are toxic to aquatic life, persist in the environment and can accumulate in body tissue, damage the nervous system and other organs, and biomagnify in concentration through the food chain. (Greenpeace)
42. Pesticides used in producing cotton degrade soil and pollute water (World Economic Forum) and poison cotton pickers (BMC Public Health, 2016)
43. Three quarters of the planets land is now used for agriculture, industry and other purposes. (WWF, Living Planet Index)
44. Globally we send 1.2 billion tonnes of clothing to landfill each year. That’s £140 million worth of clothing every year. (Wrap)
45. The past four years have been the hottest on record. (World Meteorological Organisations)
46. Global CO2 emissions hit an all-time high in 2018 (Global Carbon Project)
47. The Greenland ice sheet is melting, it's lost four trillion tonnes of ice and it's losing five times as much ice today as it was 25 years ago. (Prof Andrew Shepherd, Professor of Earth Observation, University of Leeds)
48. In the US, Louisiana is on the front line of this climate crisis. It's losing land…at the rate of a football field every 45 minutes. (Colette Pichon Battle, Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy)
49. A fivefold increase in climate action is needed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C. (IPCC)
50. “I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act as if you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire. Because it is.” (Greta Thunberg)
51. If every garment was given a second life we would reduce waste and emission by 73% (thredUP, 2018 Resale Report)
52. More than $500 billion of value is lost every year due to clothing underutilisation and the lack of recycling. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
53. Over ⅓ of women wear an item for 5 times or less before getting rid of it (thredUP, 2018 Resale Report)
54. “Resale offers the wardrobe-rotating fun of fast fashion without the guilt or waste…reuse is a boom for our personal style and the planet.” (Elizabeth L. Cline, author of The Conscious Closet)
55. If everyone bought just one used item instead of new this year, we would save almost 6 billion pounds of carbon emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road for a year. (thredUP, 2019)
56. Synthetic fabrics like polyester, spandex, nylon, though they will eventually breakdown, this process might take between 20 to 200 years. (Close the Loop)
57. 20% of global production waste comes from clothing and textiles sector. 
58. We are producing over 100 billion new garments from new fibres every single year, and the planet cannot sustain that. (Lucy Siegle, journalist)
59. Depending on the blend, it may take wool between 1 and 5 years to decompose. (Close The Loop)
60. The resale market has grown 21X faster than the retail market over the past 3 years. (thredUP, 2019 report)
61. The Aral Sea, located between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, has shrunk by 80% in the last 40 years because of clothing manufacturing. (Fashion’s Dirty Secret with Stacey Dooley, BBC documentary)
62. It is estimated that about 1 million tons of chemical dyes are used within the clothing sector every year. (Fabric Of The World)
63. Dyeing clothes contaminates the water of rivers and lakes…and the people that live around those factories use that water for…cooking, washing, taking showers, etc; and as a consequence they now suffer with cancer, skin diseases, and many other illnesses. (Fashion’s Dirty Secrets with Stacey Dooley, BBC documentary)
64. The global Freshwater index shows an 83% decline in freshwater animal species since 1970. (WWF)
65. Fast fashion retailers are now creating 52 fashion seasons per year and profiting by creating unrealistic societal expectations on consumers to keep up with rapidly changing trends (1millionwomen.com.au)
66. More than 1 in 3 generation Z’ers bought secondhand in 2019 and 74% of 18-29 year olds prefer to buy from eco-conscious brands (thredUP, 2019 Resale Report)
67. Buying preloved clothes is the most effective way to reduce your families’ clothing carbon footprint (Rekindle Clothes)
68. 35% of primary microplastics entering the ocean are released through the washing of textiles (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, A new Textiles Economic: Redesigning Fashion’s Future, 2017)
69. Over the last 50 years, human activities – particularly the burning of fossil fuels – have released sufficient quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to affect the global climate. The atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide has increased by more than 30% since pre-industrial times. (WHO)
70. "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." (Jane Goodall)
71. It is expected that by 2030 the fashion industry will use 35% more land for cotton and forest for cellulosic fibres. (Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group, Pulse of the fashion industry, 2017)
72. Our uncontrolled overconsumption of land, food and natural resources has eliminated a majority of the wildlife on the planet (WWF)
73. “A 60% decline in the human population would be equivalent to emptying North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania. This is the scale of what we have done to the earths wildlife.” (Mike Barrett, Executive Director of Science and Conservation, WWF)
74. Most textile factories dump their dye water into rivers. The water is usually contaminated with chemicals and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, nickel, cobalt, cadmium, sulphur and arsenic. Metals such as lead have been known to cause neurological damage in young children. (Fabric Of The World)
75. Buying a second hand garment extends its life by an average of 2.2 years (thredUP,  2018 Resale Report)
76. The survival of the planet’s ecosystems is now a matter of life and death for mankind (WWF)
77. "Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse." (Desmond Tutu)
78. Secondhand is projected to grow to nearly 1.5x the size of fast fashion by 2028 (thredUP, 2019 Resale Report)
79. To produce 1 kg of fabric, 200 litres of water are consumed. (Fabric Of The World)
80. “Nature is not a ‘nice to have’ it is our life-support system” (Mike Barrett, Executive Director of Science and Conservation, WWF)
81. The current system for producing, distributing, and using clothing operates on a predominantly take-make-dispose model. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
82. Worldwide, clothing utilisation – the average number of times a garment is worn before it ceases to be used – has decreased by 36% compared to 15 years ago. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
83. Most garment production is done in developing countries, which do not have strict rules for worker safety, wage regulations or child protection. (Fabric Of The World)
84. Up to 20,000 litres of water are needed to produce just 1kg of cotton (www.sustainyourstyle.org) 
85. There are 660 million people worldwide who don’t have access to safe drinking water, that is approximately 1 in 10. (www.1inmillionwomen.co.uk)
86. 97% of scientists believe climate change is caused by humans. (NASA) 
87. The clothing industry’s CO2 emissions are expected to rise to nearly 2.8 billion tonnes per year by 2030. (Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group, Pulse of the fashion industry, 2017)
88. Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined. (Fixing Fashion Report, Environmental Audit Committee)
89. Climate-sensitive diseases are among the largest global killers. Diarrhoea, malaria and protein-energy malnutrition alone caused more than 3 million deaths globally in 2004, with over one third of these deaths occurring in Africa. (WHO)
90. Of the total fibre input used for clothing, 87% is landfilled or incinerated, representing a lost opportunity of more than USD 100 billion annually (Ellen Macarthur Foundation)
91. Surfactants and other compounds like detergents, dispersants and emulsifiers are used in almost each stage in the textile production process (Fabric Of The World)
92. In many countries, poverty level pay and conditions are standard for garment workers, most of whom are women. (Fixing Fashion Report, Environmental Audit Committee)
93. The use of child labour, prison labour, forced labour and bonded labour persists within factories and the garment supply chain globally and labour exploitation is still taking place in the UK. (Fixing Fashion Report, Environmental Audit Committee)
94. Forests-based fabrics represent 5% of the total global apparel industry, and that number is growing. (D G McCullough, Deforestation for Fashion, The Guardian, Fri 25 Apr 2014)
95. "A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
96. If everyone bought one used item instead of one new item, we would save 5.7Bn lbs of carbon emissions, 25Bn gallons of water, 449Mn lbs of waste. (Green Story Environmental Study, thredUP Report 2019).
97. More than half of fast fashion produced is disposed of in under a year. This linear system leaves economic opportunities untapped, puts pressure on resources, pollutes and degrades the natural environment and its ecosystems, and creates significant negative societal impacts at local, regional, and global scales. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
98. Fast fashions’ overproduction and overconsumption of clothing is based on the globalisation of indifference towards manual workers. (Fixing Fashion Report, Environmental Audit Committee)
99. “We can't save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change - and it has to start today.” (Greta Thunberg)
100. There are enough beautiful clothes in circulation for our children not to need wardrobes full of brand new ones. The one thing growing faster than your children is our environmental crisis. Help to give our planet back to our children – join the resale rebellion and start Rekindling today.