Consumers have now become more aware of the ecological impact of clothing production and are more frequently demanding apparel businesses to commitment to sustainability.
The fashion industry is one of the most unethical and unsustainable industries in the world. Brands big and small have now started to shift away from unethical production and also move away from furs and animal skins.
Second hand products have also been on a rise, expecting to go from $28 billion in 2019 to $80 billion in 2029 in the US. Brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have banned exotic animal skins in their designs. Fur auction houses and farms have been forced to shut down due to their practices.
The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply. In total, up to 85% of textiles go into landfills each year. That’s enough to fill the Sydney harbor annually and plastic is also found in an estimated 60% of garments. Producing polyester releases two to three times more carbon emissions than cotton, and polyester does not break down in the ocean.
With all these statistics being more known to the general public, being more conscious about the clothes you buy is a great start to help stop the negative effects clothing has on the planet. Buying second hand clothing is also another great way to start as it expands the clothes life range which in turn cuts down on emissions.
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