As the Guardian reports, every day, most of us dress ourselves in items. All churned out by what is arguably the world’s second-most polluting industry.
Reportedly it’s topped only by oil, the fashion industry is contributing to major environmental destruction. That’s mainly because consumers insist on buying so many clothes at such cheap prices
Water is a significant part of the problem. Textile manufacturing uses huge amounts of water. So much of which gets flushed into waterways. All laden with contaminants such as bleaches, acids, inks and dyes. Horrifyingly, farmers in parts of China and India are
reportedly predicting fashion’s next biggest hues by the color of rivers tainted by textile industry runoff. (Look out for the 2016 documentary River Blue.) Fast fashion has terrible impacts on people, too, with workers in developing nations often paid a pittance to labourin unsafe conditions.
Alternatives do exist. The solution lies in buying less. As well as choosing better quality items. All that are made as ethically as possible. But how to tell good brands from bad? Our guide to ethical fashion navigates the conundrum.