Climate change and financial barriers

Climate Change Awareness

Information and facts on carbon emissions and the environment sourced from Clothesaid and Oxfam below:

The UK could save around £3billion per year from the cost of the resources we use to make and clean clothes. If we start to change the way we supply, use and dispose of clothing, we can contribute toward reducing the carbon, water and waste footprints of clothing consumption by 10-20% each.

Did you know?

  • New clothes bought in the UK produce more carbon emissions per minute than driving a car around the world six times
  • 350,000 tonnes, (that’s around £140 million) of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year
  • Great Britons send 700,000 tonnes of clothing to recycling centres, textile banks, clothes collections and to charity each year. That’s enough to fill 459 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • More than 60% of householders in the UK say they have unwanted clothes and textiles stored in their homes
  • Running shoes take 11,994 months before starting to decompose
  • In the average UK household nearly a third of clothes haven't been worn in the last year. That's over £1000 per household, £30 billion of unused clothes in the UK.


Removing financial barriers

Kit for All is about offering recycled and pre-loved sports kit to individuals and families who need it, for free, removing a financial barrier for those most in need. Key facts sourced from Poverty and Equality Commission shown below:

  • 1 in 4 children in Scotland (26%) are living in poverty
  • 1 in 5 working people (20%) in Scotland are living in poverty
  • 58% of people in poverty and 70% of children in poverty live in a household where someone is in employment

Poor health among low-income households can hinder exercise, with parental ill health impacting directly on children’s levels of physical activity. Kit for All initiatives can support people to get involved in sport and physical activity.

Date published: 24 February 2022
Date updated: 10 March 2022


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