Fashion is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions, more than all international flights and shipping combined. If we continue to use fast,cheap, plastic fashion, the industry’s carbon footprint will increase by 50% in the next 20 years.
Fashion uses the water consumed by over 5 million people each year, mainly in fabric dyeing and treatment. And it generates over half a million tons of plastic microfibres each year which make their way into animals and plants in the food chain.
And shockingly, every year an estimated 336,000 tonnes of used clothing gets thrown in the bin in the UK. 87% of the total fibres in clothing is burned or disposed of in landfill. You can dramatically reduce the environmental impact of clothing by increasing the active life of the clothes you wear.
Currently, over 5% of the UK’s total annual carbon and water footprints result from clothing consumption. But if you keep your clothes in active use for nine months longer this will reduce their carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30%.
The good news is that you can do a lot to reduce the impact of clothing.