Even the greenest garment uses resources for production and transport to your home, creating some environmental impact.
A root of the problem lies in our excessive consumerism: we buy 10 while our grandmothers bought 2.
We tend to think that buying new clothes will make us happy. Maybe we should reconsider some foundations of our lifestyle.
More and more fashion brands are taking into account the environmental and social impact of their production.
The more we demand sustainable clothing, the more will be available.
Pricewise, yes, you will pay more for sustainable clothing than in a fast fashion shop, but now we know what lies behind those very low prices.....
Because clothes have become so cheap, we no longer care as much about quality. We just buy new garments when the ones we have lose their shape or appeal.
If we stop buying poor quality, it will push brands to improve the quality of their garments. It will also allow us to keep our clothes longer, which is good for our wallets and for the environment.
Don't throw your clothes away. Most of them consist of synthetic, non-biodegradable fiber and will just pile up in a landfill.
Instead of buying new clothing, have a look at alternative options:
Washing our clothes has a significant environmental impact. The average household does almost 400 loads of laundry every year, consuming about 60,000 liters of water. It also takes a lot of energy to heat the washing water and run the drying cycle. Here are some tips for reducing the impact:
The drop in garment prices over the last 20 years has allowed us to buy more and more clothes. We now have 5 times more clothes than our grandparents had. It felt great until we found out what was hiding behind this trend.
In reality, this continuous accumulation of cheap garments is only possible because of a constant reduction in production costs. This, in turn, has had serious consequences on our health, our planet, and on garment workers' lives.
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Fast Fashion: Mass-production of cheap, disposable clothing. Countless new collections per year make us feel constantly out of date and encourage us to keep buying more.
The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world just after the oil industry. And the environmental damage is increasing as the industry grows.
Microfibers pollution of the fashion industry:
Waste problem of the fashion industry:
Chemicals in the fashion industry:
Greenhouse gas emissions of the fashion industry:
Soils degradation caused by the fashion industry
Rainforest destruction caused by the fashion industry:
The fast fashion industry takes advantage of poor populations who have no choice but to work for any salary, in any working conditions. If working conditions improve in one country, companies will just move to another.
Wages in the fashion industry
Health and safety conditions
Child Labor in the fashion industry
Forced labor in the fashion industry
Chemicals are used in every part of the textile production for making fibers, bleaching and dyeing fabrics, etc.....When they arrive in the shops, our clothes still contain a lot of chemicals, even clothes made of "100% natural" fiber. Our skin is our body's largest organ and absorbs anything we put on it, including chemicals in our clothes. These can present a real danger to our health.