Hey everyone, continuing on last week’s introduction on fast fashion, this week would be a continuation of the ill effects of Fast Fashion. It’s tough to love our clothes and continue wearing them for months on end when we see our friends and colleagues changing their look once every few days. But before you head out to the stores to check out their weekly offerings, spare a thought for the impact of fast fashion on the environment.
To produce 1 kg of fabric, over 200 litres of water are consumed. This is so as a lot of water is used throughout the fabric production process including; washing the fibre, bleaching as well as dyeing them and then cleaning the finished product. All this is separate from the fact that plants like cotton consume at least 5000 gallons or 19,000 litres of water just to produce 1 t-shirt. Now look at how many pieces of clothing that you have in your closet. Puts a lot of things into perspective huh?
Not only that, the high volumes of water used and discarded in the fabric producing process are responsible for aquatic life toxicity from sources like toxin anions. All causing a lot of foaming and effluent aquatic toxicity in the waste water produced. That mean's the fish we might be eating is toxic!
Did you know that the textile industry is the second largest polluter when it comes to gaseous emissions? Air pollutants produced by the textile industry include Nitrous Oxide and sulphur dioxide produced in the energy production stages among many of the other harmful substances that are produced in the production stage. Think about the next time you consider shopping for that extra t shirt to “complete your look”.
Solid Waste Pollution
The textile industry also produces lots of solid waste which ends up in landfills and water bodies, which can cause environmental issues. Globally, about 90 million items of clothing end up in landfills each year.
We’re not just talking about old unused clothes but rather fiber lint/scraps/ trimmings & packaging in fiber production as well as a whole lot of chemical and dye containers. When all these solid waste ends up in landfills, they begin to let off methane gas into the environment which has a direct impact on Global Warming, no wonder it’s been getting hotter and hotter every year.
Now, for all you ladies out there who love buying shoes (and gentlemen especially) did you know that “worldwide footwear consumption has doubled every 20 years from 2.5billion pairs per year in 1950 to more than 20 billion per year now, according to Loughborough University research, and less than five per cent of shoes produced each year are recycled. It can take anything from 25 to 40 years for leather shoes to decompose, depending on the combination of materials used.”
The whole idea of this article was not to scare you off buying clothes and we’re not telling you to totally stop buying clothes from your favorite brands. We were equally shocked when we heard about this as well, it serves as more of a wake up call, and a reminder for you to pause and think the next time you decide on buying something.
If you or someone you know has something beloved they would like to restore, they may get a free assessment from us anytime. Let’s all do our part for the world. More on how Honest Crafters does this next week, so stay tuned.