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Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017

Study scales apparel wastage mountain

Written by David Styles

AMSTERDAM – A Dutch study has examined the culture of mass apparel production, the subsequent wastage and potential improvements as part of a paper published by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Researchers found that on average, consumers in the Netherlands purchased 46 clothing items per year, figures that were lower than that of other participating nations. They also discovered that on average, 40 items are disposed of per annum: 24 of these garments are thrown away in general household waste; five are unsuitable for reuse but can can be recycled; two are re-wearable but not by international second-hand standards; nine of the items are suitable for resale on the international second-hand market.