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Release Date: 19 April 2017

Residents are being given the opportunity to challenge the fashion industry on what they are doing to reduce their impact on the environment and get hints and tips on how we can do the same.

Over 300,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles are thrown away every year in the UK, worth over £140 million.

Richmond Council is part of West London Waste (WLW), the statutory waste disposal authority for waste collected by the London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames. 

To celebrate Fashion Revolution Week, WLW are hosting a live twitter chat on 26 April from 1 to 2pm on textile waste with fashion industry experts.

Residents wanting to challenge the experts can put their questions to: Orsola de Castro, the Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution, representatives from TRAID, a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away and Blogger Jen Gale famous for My Make Do and Mend Life.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

"Thirty percent of the clothes in our wardrobes haven’t been worn in the past year and as the seasons change, thousands of people will be having their annual wardrobe ‘clear out’. If we all used our clothes for 9 months longer, their carbon, water and waste footprints would be reduced by up to 30%.

“There are many more environmentally friendly options to disposing of our clothes, rather than tossing them in the bin.

“This Twitter chat will give you the opportunity to challenge the experts, to look at best practices for reducing textile waste and explore whether fashion can slow down its impact on the environment.” 

To join the Twitter Chat, follow @WestLondonWaste on the 26 April from 1pm – remember to use the hashtag #TextileChat

Fashion Revolution Week runs from 24 to 30 April 2017 showcasing Fashion Revolution’s #whomademyclothes campaign. Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution was born after the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P179/17

Updated: 28 April 2017