I have been reading Lucy Siegle’s book ‘To Die For’ recently, and it contains some shocking statistics that define how much we have become accustomed to buying cheap, mass-produced clothing and accessories in the UK.
Britain has become a nation of shoppers buying worthless ‘fast fashion’ without a thought to where it was produced or by whom. Clothing is now so cheap it is disposed of after only a few wears.
Next time you go to buy an item of clothing or a pair of shoes, consider who made it and how long it will remain in your wardrobe. Enough said, I’ll let the statistics do the talking.
- 80 billion – Number of garments produced annually across the globe
- £23 billion – Amount spent on clothes and shoes in Britain in 1990
- £32.5 billion – Amount spent annually on clothes and shoes in Britain today
- 1.72 million – Amount in tonnes of brand new fashion consumed in the UK every year
- 1.5 million – Amount in tonnes of clothing that we throw away in Britain every year
- 4.1 – Average number of items of clothing a shopper buys in the UK each month
- 10% – Drop in retail prices between 2003 and 2007
- 3 weeks – Time it takes a fast fashion retailer to get a design from concept to store
- 40% – Percentage of British clothes bought at value retailers
- 1 million – Items of clothing sold by Primark Oxford St in its first 10 days of trading