Reducing waste in the fabric and fast fashion industry along with the promotion of re use.

Reducing waste in the fabric and fast fashion industry along with the promotion of re use.

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Benjamin Gould started this petition to H&M and

In a society that places a high value on low prices and high consumption it is no surprise that our waste in the fashion industry is astronomically high. The term fast fashion was coined to describe companies like H&M which produce low quality cheap goods that often do not last more than a year. As a result of this these companies are responsible for producing a huge amount of textile waste on top of the other pollution resulting from their manufacturing.

It is estimated that 85% of textiles go to dumps each year which is astounding but this is only the tip of the pollution ice berg. Due to the low quality textiles used by these corporations washing these clothes releases 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean a year which is the equivalent of 50 Billion plastic water bottles.

The production of fashion is responsible to 10% of all carbon emissions in the world but it also drains and contaminates water sources near its production. For reference it takes about 2,000 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans. The dye's used in textile manufacturing are the world's second largest contaminate of water due to the fact that most companies dump the excess dye into bodies of fresh water.

Given the current state of our emissions we shall face a severe dwindling of resources and increase enough in global temperature to cause irreparable damage to many ecosystems we rely on for life if we keep trading profit for damage. Companies who manufacture outside the U.S., U.K., and E.U. must be made to uphold environmental standards which reduce extreme waste in the manufacturing process. In addition companies should be forced to increase the environmental mitigation of their operations

While a lot of the blame falls on these corporations it is important that we do our part reusing clothes, shopping sustainably, and refusing to patronize corporations which pollute enormously. In addition aiding organizations like TRAID can help reduce waste and provide clothes for the less fortunate.

 

 

 

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