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Eco-Fashion—The Better Alternative to Fast-Fashion

The fashion industry is finally being called out for the damage it has done to the environment. Although the oil industry continues to be the biggest polluter on the planet, the fashion industry is a close second.

Fast fashion has made the fashion and textile industry the second biggest polluter on Earth. The low price points of fast fashion products may be appealing to consumers but the damage the manufacturing process has done in some places is irreversible.

Let’s take a look at how the fast-fashion is wreaking havoc:

Growth of Waste

Reports from Greenpeace have found that 400 billion sqm of textiles are manufactured annually, out of which 60 billion meters are left on the floor of the cutting room!

Every year, around 80 billion apparel items are produced; 3 out 4 of them will either be incarcerated or dumped in landfills. Only 25% of used-clothing is donated.

Water Consumption and Pollution

There are people around the globe that are losing their lives due to water scarcity. Knowing this, the fact that it takes 2,700 liters and 6,500 liters of water to produce a single t-shirt and a pair of jeans is quite disturbing. If you consider the fact that every year the fashion industry produces 2 billion pairs of jeans on average, you realize how much water we’re wasting.

Aside from consuming water, the fast fashion industry also pollutes natural waterways. Printing garments, enhancing them with embellishments, and giving them their glossy finish requires the use of harsh chemicals. These chemicals are typically dumped into waterways and kill aquatic life, leaving behind an ever-lasting impact on the environment.

Eco-Fashion

The disturbing facts about the many ways the fast fashion industry is contributing to the pollution problems are finally receiving media attention. Some known names in the fashion industry including Nike and H&M have committed to becoming more eco-friendly in the near future.

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Because of the negative media coverage the fast fashion industry is receiving, there has been an influx of eco-fashion in the brands in the market. These eco-fashion brands use sustainable fabrics that decompose at a faster rate and require less water.

Some brands have also taken the initiative to take back old clothes to recycle and prevent them from clogging landfills.

Donating old clothes and shoes responsibly extends their lifecycle and can help out those who need them the most.

Whitehouse & Schapiro are leaders in the second-hand clothing industry. It collects thrift store excess and credential clothing from around the country and ships it to partners in foreign markets that need them. Its combined efforts prevent 2.5 million tons of clothes from clogging landfills every year.

Contact them or visit their website for more information.

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