Monster in the closet – Fast fashion!

While we at the woven threads have emphasized enough on the need to make the necessary shift to sustainable fashion. However, with this article we as team of the woven threads and earthlings wish to make everyone cognizant of a monster in the closet, the fast fashion and how it’s slowly killing our planet.

More than 60% of fabric fibres are now synthetics, to demystify which means it is derived from fossil fuels, so when our clothing ends up in a landfill (about 85 percent of textile waste goes to landfills or is incinerated), it will not decay.

Fashion industry is the second largest polluter of the world, scintillating and glamorous on the outside, it has some hideous truths which remain obscured. We bring to you a few facts, figures and statistics accentuating the same.

Clothing production has been doubled since 2000 due to fast fashion. While people bought 60% more outfits in 2014 as compared to 2000, they casted the clothes out that fast too.
A study revealed that a gargantuan amount of clothes are thrown out, almost a truck full of clothes is burnt or dumped in the landfill every second.

Whereas, our water bodies are getting venom from our peccadillo of opting fast fashion as well. As washing clothes emanates 5,00,000 tons of micro fibres in the ocean every year which is equal to 50 billion plastic bottles.

A study done in 2017 revealed more than 35% of all micro-plastics in the ocean, which never biodegrade are the result of laundering synthetic textiles like polyester. These microplastics comprise of 31% Of all plastic pollution in the ocean.

Talking about water, we further would like to highlight that fast fashion industry is the second largest consumer of water in the world. It takes almost 700 gallons of water to make one cotton shirt. One can consume 8 glasses of water for 31/2 years from this much water.

Fast Fashion contributes to 10% of the global gas emissions which is more than international flights and maritime combined. We have presented to you facts and figures about this monster, it’s for you decide now how to wish to fight this monster.