Pounds 1bn a Year Wasted on Unwanted Clothes; 'The Survey Showed That Men and Women Aged 25 to 40 Spend on Average Just over Pounds 500 a Year on Clothing, Shoes and Accessories That Are Worn Once and Then Never See the Light of Day'

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YOUNG people in Britain waste more than pounds 1 billion a year on clothes they will never wear, a survey showed yesterday.

The findings prompted a leading cancer charity to launch a 'wardrobe amnesty' urging people to hand over their unwanted 'nearly new' clothes.

The Imperial Cancer Research Fund hopes to benefit from a post-Christmas 'clothing cull' by collecting the items at its 417 charity shops.

Richard Taylor, head of retail at the ICRF, said: "Christmas jumpers, sales bargains and clothes that are too small for you are some of the things probably hanging in your wardrobe unworn and unloved.

"So we've launched a wardrobe amnesty to encourage people to bring what are high quality clothes into our shops after the Christmas rush."

The survey was conducted by cahoot, the interactive bank from Abbey National which has teamed up with the ICRF.

It showed that men and women aged 25 to 40 spend on average just over pounds 500 a year on clothing, shoes and accessories that are worn once and then never see the light of day.

Fewer than 9 per cent of the 500 people interviewed throughout the UK said they never wasted money on clothes. …