Clothes must be designed differently, worn for longer and recycled much more to prevent huge amounts of waste in the textile industry, a new report has argued.
Fashion designer Stella McCartney has joined forces with sailor and environmental campaigner Dame Ellen MacArthur in a joint call for the fashion industry to revolutionise how clothing is produced.
Currently, less than 1% of clothing is recycled into new clothes and the equivalent of one rubbish truck full of textiles is wasted every second, according to a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. If nothing changes, the fashion industry is on track to consume a quarter of the world’s annual carbon budget by 2050.
The report calls for radical improvement to textile recycling, a move to renewable materials, support for initiatives like clothing rental and phasing out toxin and pollutants.
Fitness giant Nike and high street retailer H&M are named as ‘industry leaders’ in sustainability in the report.
“Today’s textile industry is built on an outdated linear, take-make-dispose model, which is hugely wasteful and polluting. We need the whole industry to rally round this report,” said MacArthur.