The drop in garment prices over the last 20 years has allowed us to buy more and more clothes. We now have 5 times more clothes than our grandparents had. It felt great until we found out what was hiding behind this trend. Let’s take a look at the carbon print caused by fashion industries.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries and may account for up to 10 percent of global greenhouse pollution. However, the industry continues to grow, despite rising awareness of the environmental impacts, in part owing to the rise of fast fashion, which relies on cheap manufacturing, frequent consumption, and short-lived garment use.
Fast Fashion – The Monster In Our Closets
The fashion industry may account for up to 10 percent of global greenhouse pollution. Up to 92 million tones of waste and 79 trillion litres of water are consumed per year in order to make garments. A system-wide transition is needed immediately to reduce environmental costs of the fashion industry.
A lot of clothing ends up in the dump. The equivalent of one garbage truck is burned or dumped in a landfill every second. The fashion industry is one of the major contributors of plastic microfibers entering our oceans.
Washing clothes, meanwhile, releases 500 000 tons of microfibers into the ocean each year – the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles.
Overall, microfibers are estimated to compose up to 30% of plastic pollution in the ocean, which threatens marine life and exterminates spices.
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