BRIGHTON has been crowned the charity shop capital of the UK.

According to a new study, the city has the most charity shops per capita - 44.2 per 100,000 people.

The study by retailer clothes2order looked into the most and least sustainable cities across Europe.

Brighton and Hove topped the pile with the most charity shops in the city, while also ranking high in other categories including university sustainability.

Bristol topped the list of the most overall sustainable city in the UK with a score of 6.76 out of ten.

This was followed by Bournemouth (6.04), Cardiff (6.01) and Manchester (6).

Brighton and Hove came fifth overall in terms of sustainability with a score of 5.83.

The scores are calculated by considering renewable electricity sites, recycle rates, university sustainability and the number of charity shops.

Brighton and Hove have 684 renewable electricity sites per 100,000 and a recycling rate of 29.4 per cent.

Plymouth led the way for renewable electricity sites with 2,403 per 100,00 people, while Cardiff’s 58.1 per cent recycling rate was the most in that category.

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 in the UK is Portsmouth.

Portsmouth has the fifth lowest rate of recycling and the fifth lowest university sustainability score.

The seaside city was followed by London, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Liverpool.

In the whole of Europe, Sweden was crowned the most sustainable country overall, followed by Denmark and Belgium.

In terms of recycling rate, Germany ranked top, while Finland was top when it came to meeting sustainability development goals.

Denmark ranked highest for university sustainability, while Finland and Sweden were joint top for lowest air pollution.