The fashion and textile industry in its current linear business model is one of today’s most unsustainable global businesses with textile production alone contributing to climate change by producing an estimated 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2annually.
The industry is heavily reliant on earth’s finite resources with the use of oil, water and energy throughout production and supply chain further aiding its contribution to climate change.
We are now living in a climate conscious era and the charity store stands at the forefront of reuse and sustainability. At NCBI Retail, our sustainability and circular fashion operations across our 117 stores through clothing reuse embeds our commitment to a net carbon society by 2050. Our environmental metrics through these processes confirm charity retail is a key player in the fight against climate change.
In 2019, approximately 1,850 tonnes of clothing and shoes were donated to NCBI of which we reused over 90%.
By reusing and keeping clothing in circulation we saved:
· 5,935 metric tonnes of CO2
· 10 billion litres of water
This is the equivalent:
· 1,260 cars being removed from our roads annually
· 750 million smartphones being charged
· 46,728 of trees absorbing CO2