29 March 2015

How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?

The Issue

How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?


Second to oil, fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world. Every stage in a garment’s life threatens our planet and its resources. It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton, equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans. Up to 8,000 different chemicals are used to turn raw materials into clothes, including a range of dyeing and finishing processes. And what becomes of the clothing that doesn’t sell, falls apart or goes out of style? More often than not, it is discarded in giant landfills. How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?
Context
Opinions
Top Comments
Our actions — consuming less, pushing for positive change - can lead to two-way change and collaboration. We can't always point the finger at businesses.
By Kristen Marano, Keilor, Australia
It is extremely unfair — and totally false — to characterize all chrome tanned leathers as “toxic”.
By Jean Cassegrain, Fontaine, France
I believe that the only way the fashion industry will truly take on sustainable changes is through international regulation.
By Forrester Dineen

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