On Climate Change. Global warming is the rise in Earth’s overall temperature from the increase of greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas being emitted, and the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the total carbon impact.
Statistics estimate that we wear our clothing on an average of 7 times before we toss it. Clothing has become more disposable than ever, with over 150 billion pieces, which equates to over 20 pieces of new clothing, for every single person on the planet every single year.
The textile industry is chemically intensive - using a number of different chemicals for everything from dyeing fabrics to printing and finishing. The runoff from dye houses contain heavy metals, alkali salts, toxic solids, and harmful pigments. About 40% of colorants used around the world contain organically bound chlorine, a known carcinogen that can cause cancer. These pollutants are released into the air and dumped into waterways harming the environment and human health.
fossil fuel fibers
To make cheap clothing, brands use cheap fibers. According to a Greenpeace report, Polyester is now the most common fiber in our clothes - in over 60% of our clothes. Polyester comes from the fossil fuel (also the same type of fuel we pump into our cars), and for every ton of polyester, manufacturers emit over 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide.