How Fast Fashion Harms the Planet
Fashion is a trillion-dollar industry – and the second-biggest polluter on the planet. Demand for cheap clothes has led to a rise in fast fashion, and every year we send over £140 million worth of clothes to landfill, while one in six of us have as many as five things in our wardrobe that we’ve never even worn. Here is exactly how fast fashion is harming the environment, and what you can do to help.
Around half a million tonnes of microfibre cloth is being dumped into the oceans every year, the equivalent of 3 million barrels of oil. Estimates by Wrap (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) suggest that the new clothing bought by an average family, in just one year, gives off the same level of emissions as driving the family car for 6000 miles. The water used in the production of the clothes would fill 1000 baths.
You might also be surprised to hear that keeping our favourite clothes clean is also harmful to the environment. Just one washing machine load of polyester clothes can send many thousands of tiny plastic fibres into the environment. The fibres are so small that our wastewater treatment works do not filter them. These fibres are making their way into the food chain via the marine life that consumes them.
What can you do to help?
- Get more wear out of your clothes, we wore our clothes for another few months we can reduce carbon emissions
Check out the second-hand market, have a look at the hashtag #seconhandbutgrand online. There are a growing number of bloggers and fashion writers who are interested in second-hand fashion.
Wash at a lower temperature, firstly think about whether you need to wash your clothes after every wear, and if it does need a wash then setting the machine to a lower temperature can help.
Shop thoughtfully, many of our favourite high street stores have committed to reducing their impact on the environment, a quick look online will show you where to spend your money.
If you put some of our tips into practice you can look good while doing some good too.