This report details research exploring how long people keep and regularly wear their clothes for.

Key findings
  • 50% of respondents feel they already do enough to buy clothes that look good and last for longer, with a further 37% saying they would like to do more


This initial research establishes baseline figures for active use of clothing from which future changes can be measured and forms the basis a key action area of the SCAP 2020 Commitment: extending the useful life of clothes.

The findings of this research details the potential to bring a higher proportion of the wardrobe into active use.

graphic showing the active lifespan of clothing

The wide variety of reasons for which respondents have not worn items of clothing which they own imply a range of different actions are required in response. These need to take account of changing fashions, changing body-shapes, the sporadic nature of ‘special occasions’, a desire for more durable clothing and a lack of knowledge and skills on how best to care for clothes.

There is scope for behaviour change, with around a third of respondents interested in doing more to buy clothes that are made to last and in doing more to care for their clothes so they are kept in regular use for longer.


To find information related to the content in this report, use the following links:

Extending clothing life >>
Clothing design for extended life >>
Clothing Knowledge Hub >>
Extending clothing life protocol >>
Valuing our clothes >>
Textiles reports and trials >>
De-labelling branded corporate-wear for re-use >>

Our consumer campaign: Love your clothes >>
Introduction to sustainable fibres video >>
Sustainable wet processing techniques video >>

Where next?

Want to know more about extending clothing life in sustainable textiles? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information: 

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