Fashion industry looks to sustainability to regenerate its image
by Alexandra Genova
What's Going On Here?
The fashion industry—clothes and shoes—accounts for more than 8% of the global climate impact.
What Does This Mean?
Following fashion trends can come at a big cost to the environment. A report into the fashion industry published by MPs earlier this year found that the textile industry creates 1.2bn tonnes of CO2 a year—more than international aviation and shipping combined—consumes lake-sized volumes of water, and creates chemical and plastic pollution – as much as 35% of microplastics found in the ocean comes from synthetic clothing.
Waste is also a big issue. More than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK alone every year, according to Wrap, the waste charity. Even English fashion designers like Phoebe English describe it as a “monstrous disposable industry”.
Why Should We Care?
Adidas has also got on board, teaming up with environmental design company Parley for Oceans to make shoes out of recycled ‘Ocean Plastic’.
There are lots of ways you can dress to impress while still being sustainable. Make like George Monbiot and take on these suggestions:
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