Did you know?
The fashion industry generates more greenhouse gases than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.
Vibrant colours, prints and fabric finishes are often achieved with toxic chemicals. As a result, the textile industry is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture.
Polyester is the most popular fabric used for fashion. But when washed in domestic washing machines, polyester clothes shed microfibres that end up in our oceans.
Cotton? Well, cotton growing requires high levels of water and pesticides to prevent crop failure.
Finally, fast fashion encourages people to buy more and more, and produces 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in landfills each year.
What can we do? Slow down! Choose better quality clothes, keep them longer, mend them when needed, and recycle or upcycle them. Visit second hand shops first and have a look at their collection: it is easy to find cool stuff, often cheaper!
Source: UN Environment
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