It is estimated that more than 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away every year, with most of this coming from household sources. At least 50% of the textiles we throw away are recyclable; however, the proportion of textile wastes reused or recycled annually in the UK is only around 25%

By helping to educate children on the importance of recycling, including the recycling of textiles it could help:-

Reduce the need for landfill space. Textiles present particular problems in landfill as synthetic (man-made fibres) products will not decompose.

Aids the balance of payments as we import fewer materials for our needs.

Resulting in less pollution and energy savings, as fibres do not have to be transported abroad.

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