Mass disposal of clothes in Japan



Today, I would like to think about mass disposal of clothes in Japan.

How are clothes essential to everyday life affecting waste problems?

Let’s go.

How much is the mass disposal of clothes?

The amount of clothes discarded is said to be 1 million tons annually.In addition, the number has reached about 3.3 billion.(Source:年間100万トン? 日本の衣類廃棄)

3.3 billion clothes! ! It seems that just that amount of clothes has been discarded in a year! It’s shocking!

In addition, such data also.

According to the data from the Small and Medium Enterprises and Infrastructure Development Organization of February 2010, the 2009 supply and discharge (discarded amount) of clothing is
 ■Domestic supply: 1.11 million tons
 ■Total emissions: 940,000 tons
  Is it only 170,000 tons actually consumed.

HUFFPOST 衣料品は年間約20億着捨てられている

It seems that 170,000 tons will be approximately 600 million clothes.

The reason the numbers do not match is because we do not consider cases in which you go to a second-hand clothing store or when the purchased and discarded years are different.

It is also a great amount that 600 million clothes are consumed. Certainly, at the weekend, fast fashion such as UNIQLO will see sale announcements with advertisements.If you walk in the city, the store clerks of the clothes shop say “○○% off” with a loud voice and promote sales.

It can be understood that Japanese consume clothes.

Why does mass disposal of clothes happen?

Why does mass disposal of clothes happen?

What are your reasons for throwing away your clothes?

  • Change of preference
  • Trend change
  • Body shape change
  • Deterioration,damage
  • It is easy to throw away because it is cheap

Many of the reasons listed here are likely to change over time.

Even my clothes when I was a student were not able to wear it because of changes in my body shape.

After that, it is deterioration or damage such as tearing. While I was using it for a long time, I got hurt little by little.If this happens, cut it into a suitable size and use it as a leather care cloth. After all, it becomes garbage after that.Is there no other good way?

But I overcame changes due to preferences and trends. I want to be seen fashionable! I felt that there was a need, but I thought it was not necessary to follow the trend.Because I realized that I was shopping in vain. And I realized that many of the destinations are to waste. I’m sorry.

It’s also a problem that you think it’s psychologically, “If it’s cheap, then you should buy a new one!”Fast fashion is very nice because it offers cheap and fashionable things.However, even if it’s cheap, it’s necessary to get rid of your thoughts by saying “Going to trash right away” or “If you get lost!” What a good way?

How to solve the mass disposal of clothes?

Use for a long time

To solve the mass disposal of clothes, do not throw away immediately. Use for a long time.

Choose basic clothes that you can wear for a long time without following the trend. How about?

I chose white, blue, blue, gray and beige as basic colors. The pattern is basically plain or border, stripe. Also, if there are clothes considered about environmental impact such as organic cotton, select it.

And I choose the dough firm. I choose it even if the price is a little.

Only by that, it can be used for a long time and it will not be rubbish immediately.


If that is not the case, “selling” is also an option. CtoC such as net auctions can be easily incorporated in the modern world.

Even if you don’t need it, it may be needed by others. Even if there is a change in your body shape, you can give it to others and sell it to prevent mass disposal into rubbish immediately.


H & M will collect clothes at the store. Moreover, it seems that even brands other than H & M will collect it.

Collected clothes seem to be used in various ways. Click here for details.

I did not know that there was such a wonderful approach. Besides, it seems that you can get a coupon of 500 yen discount that can be used at the time of purchase over 3000 yen! it’s amazing!

Make a donation

It seems that you can also donate to organizations such as NPOs.

For example, at the NPO Japan Relief Clothing Center, it seems that donated clothing is donated to refugees, displaced people and victims of the world.

Don’t you think that donating clothes that you don’t wear can make a contribution for someone in the world also be an option?

When mass disposal of clothes disappears

Will it come when there is no mass disposal of clothes? No, I can not stay this way. You must lose it. Buy clothes and it’s fashionable! Is old! Must be

If it is to prevent a large amount of waste, it is better to think in the direction of making it on the premise that it becomes waste.

The last is a material that can be returned to the soil. Japanese clothes such as 100% cotton and buttons are not necessary. Staining can also be returned to soil if it is of natural origin. Then, is it not waste? Can you do that?

Isn’t it realistic? However, we who live in the present day must consider the serious problem of mass disposal of this clothes.

In particular, with the rise of fast fashion, it is easy to be mass-discarded if it is easy to get clothes in a “natural” condition. Fashions are important, but I think that it is hoped that thinking about oneself with an axis and enjoying fashion will be required from now on.

With everyday shopping, let’s do some of the things you can do.

Thank you.



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