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Environmental benefits of recycling used clothes

Click here for a discussion article on the environmental benefits of reusing clothes.

The article is a result of a study carried out by L. Farrant, S. I. Olsen, A. Wangel from Technical University of Denmark.

The article was published in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment in May 2010.

Some excerpts from the article:

"The aim of the study was to assess the net environmental benefits brought by the disposal of used clothing through charities who return them for second-hand

sales assuming that second-hand clothes to some extent replace the purchase of new clothes."

"The reduction of impacts resulting from collecting 100 garments for reuse range from 14% decrease of global warming for the cotton T-shirt to 45% reduction of human toxicity for the polyester/cotton trousers."

"Conclusions: The results of the study show that clothes reuse can significantly contribute to reducing the environmental burden of clothing."

"This study provided tangible proof that reusing clothes saves a significant amount of environmental impacts and resources and could thus be used by charities to promote clothes reuse."

Get the interesting details in the article.