I learned something new today and thought I’d share it with you. Apparently, the fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. I never thought to include the fashion industry with pollution but after reading this article it changed my perception drastically.
To make a long article short the fashion industry is responsible for producing some pretty high greenhouse gas emissions. As a matter of fact, they are responsible for 10% of the global carbon emissions. So basically that is equivalent to all global international flights and maritime shipping according to Greenmatters.com.
The pollution comes from the drilling for the oil to make synthetic fabrics, growing cotton, raising animals for leather and fur, and the dye used for fabrics in wastewater. The wastewater the fashion industry uses accounts for 20% of the wastewater in the world.
There is more but that is the just of it and I didn’t even get into the human rights issues in the fashion industry. Did you know 97% of clothing is made overseas?
In an effort to combat climate change (which is very real) over 100 brands have joined the UN Fashoin Industry Charter for Climate Action. Some of the brands that joined are designers, corporations, and fashion stores. The UN Fashion Industry Charter’s goal is to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the fashion industry by 2050.
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