We are well aware of the fact that we are part of the pollution problem, that’s caused by the fashion industry. We have collected some of the main facts. These facts are important for a more conscious consumption!
- Nearly three-fifths of all clothing ends up in incinerators or landfills within a year of being produced.
- More than 8 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions are produced by the apparel and footwear industries.
- Around 20 to 25 percent of globally produced chemical compounds are utilized in the textile-finishing industry.
- 73 percent of the world’s clothing eventually ends up in landfills.
- Every second, a whole garbage truck full of textiles is thrown out.
- More than 50 percent of consumers say they plan to switch brands in the future if another brand acts more environmentally and socially friendly than their preferred one.
- 100 billion clothes a year for just 7 billion humans.
- We wear clothes only 7 to 10 times before it ends up in a landfill. Studies show that we only really wear 20% of our overflowing closets.
- Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35. However, the majority of people who makes clothing for the global market live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation, verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay.
- As a society we purchase 400% more clothing today than we did just 20 years ago.
- It approximately takes 1214 Liters of Water to produce a T-Shirt.