The fashion industry is one of the leading polluters in the world, and fast fashion is a significant contributor to this problem. Here are some quantitative facts that are shocking:
Carbon emissions: Fast fashion is responsible for nearly 10% of global carbon emissions, making it the second-biggest consumer of water. The fashion industry is currently responsible for more annual carbon emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. If the industry maintains its course, an increase of 50% in greenhouse gas emissions is expected within a decade
- Water consumption: The fashion industry consumes 93 billion metric tons of clean water each year, which is about half of what Americans drink annually. This is a significant amount of water that could be used for other purposes.
Waste: The drop in garment prices over the last 20 years has allowed us to buy more and more clothes. We now have five times more clothes than our grandparents had. This continuous accumulation of cheap garments is only possible because of a constant reduction of production costs, which has serious consequences on our health, our planet, and on garment workers’ lives
- Pollution: The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions and 20% of global wastewater, and uses more energy than the aviation and shipping sectors combined. By supporting brands that use sustainable and ethical practices, you can help reduce waste and conserve resources.
- Social justice: Ethical fashion practices ensure that workers are paid fairly and work in safe conditions, promoting social justice in the fast fashion industry. By supporting brands that use fair trade practices and promote transparency in their supply chain, you can help promote social justice and human rights.
- Health: Conventional fabrics often contain harmful chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to your health and the environment. By choosing clothing made from sustainable materials and natural dyes, you can reduce your exposure to these harmful substances.
Consumer power: As a consumer, you have the power to make a difference. By choosing to shop more ethically, you can support brands that are committed to sustainability and social responsibility. This can help create a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry that benefits both people and the planet