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By Sewn Sustainably, Jan 2 2017 05:55PM



The textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world. Estimates suggest that over 1 million tonnes of textiles are thrown away annually in the UK alone*. That's one million tonnes, of which 50% is recyclable, however reports state that only 25% is recycled in the UK, which means all that scrap textile waste is sitting in landfill causing the environment a myriad of problems.

By Sewn Sustainably, Aug 3 2016 03:27PM

Home sewing is a fantastic way to make good quality clothing, but just how ethical is the fabric that we're buying to make our garments? And what's the impact of our scrap waste? Here's a breakdown of some of the environmental and social impacts of the textile industry - in particular, cotton. Please note, this is in no way an exhaustive explanation of sustainability in sewing, there are several reasons and solutions as to why we should apply more thought to our consumption.