What happens to leftover clothing? (Photo: Reuters)
What happens to leftover clothing? (Reuters)

Food waste has hit the headlines in the UK this week, on news that supermarket Tesco threw away almost 30,000 tonnes of out-of-date food in the first six months of 2013, instead of giving it away to charity.

Tesco estimated that across the UK food industry, 68% of salad sold in bags was wasted, while 35% of it was thrown out by customers.

Many wondered if the same discard policy was applied to clothing.

Shockingly, according to a legion of former retail workers, major global brands often burn or destroy clothes that are left unsold instead of donating them to charity.

After journalist and author Caitlin Moran asked on Twitter what happened to leftover non-food goods, here were the responses.

However, some stores seem to give their clothes and other pieces to charity, but at a 'price'.

However, some retailers seemed to be a bit more forthcoming with their donations.