The fashion industry is responsible for 20% of all industrial water pollution worldwide and 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions. Here are the biggest ways it impacts the planet.
Clothing production has roughly doubled since 2000 and in Europe fashion companies went from offering an average of two collections per year, to five in 2011. Some brands offer even more like Zara that puts out 24 collections per year. People are also buying 60% more garments than before but keeping them for half as long; In total, up to 85% of textiles go into landfills each year.
One of the biggest threat in the fashion industry regards the washing processes and the plastic pollution due to the releases of tons of microfibers into the ocean. Many of those fibers are polyester, a plastic found in an estimated 60% of garments.
A 2017 report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated that 35% of all microplastics in the ocean came from the laundering of synthetic textiles like polyester.
Plastic pollution is a much bigger problem we are facing nowadays. Plastic is wonderful and terrible at the same time because it’s durable and it will always find its way to the sea. About 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the world’s oceans every year, scientists estimated that there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic afloat in our ocean worldwide.
Moreover, it exists a kind of “plastic smog” or microplastic that have rough pitted surfaces, the size of plancton and is being eaten by marine life and it damages the internal organs of fish. This raises the question about the safety of our seafood. One example is Microbeads that are used in facial scrubs, toothpaste and cosmetics and are a significant source of micro plastic.
Climate change actions is about improving people’s lives, creation of jobs, reducing pollution, greenifying cities.
It’s all achievable, is not that we don’t have the money, the resources, the brains. This transformation starts with the individual, and from knowing comes caring and from caring comes change.
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