Leeds fashion futures

Exploring what we can do as a city to minimise the negative impacts of our clothing choices.

What we’re doing

Many of us want to make more sustainable clothing choices but don’t know where to start. We’ve launched Leeds Fashion Futures to explore how as a city we can do that. We’ve looked at what makes Leeds unique and spoken to the many people involved in clothing and textiles. Valuing our clothes was a major theme, plus Leeds' rich textile heritage, and the importance of sewing skills. Here we share a bit of all of that, plus some practical tips and ideas.

Why we’re doing it

In Leeds we throw away 4000 tonnes of clothing into our household bins every year. There are much better choices for our clothes at the end of life but waste is just one part of the story. The textile industry is responsible for 10% of carbon emissions, a massive environmental impact. Protecting our planet for future generations is important and when it comes to clothes, there's plenty we can all do. Most are fun too like learning how to sew, clothes swapping with friends, upcycling a favourite item or doing a wardrobe audit before buying anything new.

Clothing creates 1.2 billion tonnes of CO₂

Every year, global emissions from textile production are equivalent to 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2, a figure that outweighs the carbon footprint of international flights and shipping combined.

The most sustainable clothing is what we already own

Every year, global emissions from textile production are equivalent to 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2, a figure that outweighs the carbon footprint of international flights and shipping combined.

Watch and learn

Discover our latest beginner sewing videos

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Every year over 300,000 tonnes of clothes go to landfill

In Leeds, 4,000 tonnes of textile waste ends up in Leeds' black bins every year.

Join the conversation

To find out more about our Leeds Fashion Futures project or to get involved, join our Leeds Fashion Futures Facebook group. You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

If you'd like to support our work or collaborate with us, please get in touch by emailing info@zerowasteleeds.org.uk.