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Fashion and the environment: 7 shocking facts

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By Tess Cimino and Abigail Carlson, Illustrations by Casielle Gaerlen
Climate change is affecting our planet at a faster rate than ever before. While you may be aware of some of the risks involved, what you may not be aware of is the fact that the fashion industry is one of the main players in the climate change crisis. The following facts shed a light on some of the more alarming elements of this relationship, in the hopes they encourage all of us to shop more sustainably!

It takes an average of 7,000 litres of water to produce one pair of jeans. 

That's about the amount of water you drink over the course of 5-6 years .

 

Extending the life of clothing by a further 9 months

would reduce carbon, waste and water footprints by 20-30% each.


Fashion is the third highest polluting industry in the world.

3/5th of all clothing items will end up in an incinerator or landfill within a year of being produced.


    The clothing brand Patagonia was the first to make polyester fleece out of plastic bottles.

    About 2,000 different chemicals are used in textile processing,

    yet only 16 are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Sixty percent of millennials say they want to shop more “sustainably.”

     If you're interested in finding out more about the fashion industry's goals when it comes to climate change, check out the United Nations' Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, which can be found here.

    Learn more:

    [1] Greenpeace

    [2] Sustainable Fashion Facts

    [3] BossierMag

    [4] The Robin Mag

    [5] PHYS.org

    [6] BossierMag

    [7] Fabrikbrands

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