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