The sustainable clothing roadmap will help to encourage the public to recycle and reuse more clothes, according to the Salvation Army Trading Company.
The Salvation Army is a stakeholder in the sustainable clothing roadmap project which will be launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in February to maximise the reuse and recycling of clothes (See MRW story).
Speaking to MRW, Salvation Army national recycling coordinator Paul Ozanne said: It is exciting just the number of people involved. Its going in the right direction and we are fully supportive of the plan. If we can all work together we can encourage a greater awareness among the public for them to reuse and recycle more clothes.
More than 300 stakeholders, including retailers such as Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer, have currently signed up to actions to help make clothing a more sustainable industry and are launching the full action plan at London Fashion Week in February.
Defra claims that textiles are the fastest growing waste stream in the UK and the public generates 2 million tonnes of clothing per annum with 63% of it going to landfill.
The Salvation Army has 3,400 clothing banks and has recently started a school collection system (See MRW story). It works with several supermarket chains including Sainsburys and Tescos, which are in talks with the Salvation Army to see how it can maximise recovery of textiles.
Ozanne said: The Salvation Army is committed to the roadmap which we believe will deliver a more joined up approach to clothing recycling.