Sustainable Clothing: Join the Slow Fashion Movement
Helping the Planet with Sustainable Clothing: Join the Slow Fashion Movement and Participate in Second Hand September.
We all love a good deal on threads, but does our planet? Oil is the largest industrial polluter in the world. The second-largest is the apparel industry. Surprised?
Read this sobering list*:
– Cheap synthetic fibres also emit gasses like N2O, which is 300 times more damaging than CO2.
– Over 70 million trees are logged every year and turned into fabrics like rayon, viscose, modal and lyocell.
– Cotton is the world’s single largest pesticide-consuming crop, using 24% of all insecticides and 11% of all pesticides globally, adversely affecting soil and water.
– Plastic microfibers shed from our synthetic clothing into the water supply account for 85% of the human-made material found along ocean shores, threatening marine wildlife and ending up in our food supply.
– The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter of freshwater resources on the planet.
– A quarter of the chemicals produced in the world are used in textiles.
The clothing we choose to buy and wear has a tremendous impact on the environment. We can lessen the negative impacts by electing to purchase pre-loved clothing over brand new clothing, and buying less clothing in general.