SHOPPERS in Britain are set to buy 50 million summer outfits that will only be used once, so a charity is urging people to think of the planet and buy second-hand clothes instead.
A survey for Barnardo’s found that most outfits are bought for holidays, although people spend more money overall on clothes for weddings. The charity says that shoppers will splash out on 50.38m single-use outfits this summer, worth a total of £2.77bn.
The low price of some clothes means that many people think it’s okay to wear something only once, then chuck it in the bin. But campaigners are starting to fight back against ‘fast fashion’, by warning people how damaging it is. It takes a lot of resources to make clothes, but it is also bad for the environment to send waste to landfill sites.
Some critics blame social media, especially Instagram and Facebook, for making people think they need to constantly update their wardrobe. The Barnardo’s survey shows that 37% of 16 to 24-year-olds would be embarrassed to wear an outfit to a special occasion more than once, but that drops to just 12% for over-55s, who are less likely to use social media.
As well as being better for the environment, buying second-hand clothes can help charities like Barnardo’s to raise money, so it’s a double win!