Words by Robyn Cowie, Online Production Editor
According to a new study, Brighton was crowned with the most charity shops in the U.K., as commissioned by retailer clothes2order.
The study examined the most and least sustainable cities across Europe, with overall sustainability ratings being calculated by considering renewable electricity sites, recycle rates, university sustainability and the number of charity shops.
Brighton was decreed top for charity shops. Per capita, the report found that Brighton has 44.2 charity shops per 100,000 residents in the city. Brighton also ranked high in other categories such as university sustainability. The study found Brighton and Hove have over 684 renewable electricity sites per 100,000 people and also a recycling rate of 29.4 per cent.
Brighton and Hove came fifth overall in terms of sustainability with a score of 5.83, with Bristol topping the list as the most sustainable city in the U.K., with a score of 6.76 out of ten. Other high scoring places across the U.K. included; Bournemouth which scored 6.04, Cardiff with a score of 6.01 and lastly, Manchester with a score of 6 overall.
The scores are by considering various factors which are used to calculate the scores, such as, renewable electricity sites, recycle rates, university sustainability and the number of charity shops in each location.
The rest of the top ten overall most sustainable cities is made up of Newcastle, Leicester, Kingston upon Hull, Derby and Nottingham. The least sustainable city, according to this study, was found to be Portsmouth.