Healthy Climate Solutions: It’s Time to Do Fashion Better

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Healthy Climate Solutions: It’s Time to Do Fashion Better

In the fashion industry, trends change very fast, season after season. Sadly, clothes are thrown away at a mind-blowing rate, worsening the climate change issue, so healthy solutions are much needed. Traditional fashion has relied for decades on unethical and unsustainable practices to produce and sell clothes, and many companies continue to do so. Countless animals are killed for their fur or pelts and are raised in deplorable conditions. Less than 1% of the materials used to produce clothing are recycled into new clothes. Did you know that total greenhouse gas emissions from textile production, at 1.2 billion tonnes every year, are more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping put together?

Over the last several years, sustainability and eco-friendly practices are finally on the industry’s agenda. Thankfully, brands started to realize that there are plenty of ways to produce and sell clothing, footwear, and accessories that don’t destroy our planet or cause suffering to workers and animals. Sustainability is also about changing the patterns of consumption and use, encouraging more reuse of items and recycling.

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5 Fascinating Fashion Industry & Consumption Facts

Here are some interesting facts about fashion production, consumption, and waste:

1. Many companies are starting to implement sustainable production methods. As of May 2018, 12.5 % of the global fashion market has promised to make changes by 2020.

2. Patagonia is the first clothing brand that made polyester fleece out of plastic bottles.

3. It’s expected that by 2030, the total level of fashion waste will increase to 148 million tonnes.

4. A person consumes about 11.4kg of apparel annually.

5. North Americans are the largest consumers of new textiles – every year they buy 37kg per person.

Sustainable, eco-friendly clothing has many benefits that can help to save our environment. A lot of clothes are made from cotton and its production requires the use of many pesticides. If you wear second hand or eco-friendly items, you will reduce the number of pesticides used every day. Sustainable fashion also cuts down the amount of toxic waste. Textile dyes are extremely harmful to the Earth – cotton clothes require one-third of a pound of chemicals for a single shirt.

By buying pieces of clothing labeled under the Fair Trade Act, you can support ethical working conditions and help the environment by addressing issues such as water runoff, chemical use, waste disposal, and energy usage. With the help of sustainable fashion, you will also contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, you will support animal rights, as well as reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the long-term.

Companies that are making a positive change

Many brands such as Burberry, Levi’s, Inditex, Patagonia, H&M, Nike and Gap are trying to make this world a better place by implementing various healthy solutions. H&M has a program called The Garment Collection Program, a global initiative for a sustainable fashion futureThey encourage people to re-wear, reuse or recycle their clothes. For each bag of textiles you bring to the store, you will get a 15% discount for your next purchase.

If the clothes you bring are in good condition, they will be marketed as second-hand goods. Textiles that can no longer be worn are converted into other products, while the clothes that can’t be reused at all will be recycled. More than half (57%) of all the materials that H&M uses to make their products are recycled or are other sustainably sourced materials. Such an example is the brand’s Conscious Collection.

Another amazing company that made a difference is Nike. They have one of the most lasting footwear recycling program called Reuse-A-Shoe. It’s a simple idea since the 1990s: Nike’s vision was a world without waste and a circular process that would turn old footwear into new, regenerated materials. Reuse-A-Shoe is a program that collects worn sneakers and transforms them into Nike Grind Collection, designed for athletes and created only from recycled materials & surplus manufacturing scraps.

What do you think about sustainable fashion? If you have any questions or suggestions that you would like to share with us, just send a message.


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