Imagine a $140 million wardrobe — It would be what dreams are made of. That’s the value of the clothes going to landfill every year in Australia, according to BusinessWaste.com.au‘s Mark Hall. All that fashion buried in the grounds works out to be around 1.2 million tons. So what are we, and retailers doing about this?
In an interview with Ragtrader, Mark explained Australia is lagging behind other countries, where you can return old or unwanted goods to shops or manufacturers for recycling. Germany’s Puma is an example, which as part of its ethical and sustainable policy can have products returned for reprocessing once its shelf life is over.
But over here, Mark says we’re still relying on charity bins and second-hand shops to get rid of our unwanted clothes. “It’s virtually unheard of in Australia to take any item back to the shop where you bought it for recycling,” he told Ragtrader.