Why is sustainability at the heart of all we do and so important to us? Let's break down the facts...
The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world and garment workers are some of the lowest paid workers in the world. The fashion industry alone is responsible for creating greenhouse gas emissions of 1.3 billion tons a year and clothing releases half a million tons of microfibers into the ocean every year - this is equivalent to more than 50 billion plastic bottles. In the U.S. alone, about 21 billion pounds of textile waste ends up in landfills every year, this equals 5% of all landfill waste. Clothing can last up to 200 years in a landfill, leaving toxic chemicals and dyes to contaminate local soil and groundwater. Despite nearly all textiles and clothing being recyclable, only about 15% of post-consumer clothing is actually spared from landfills and recycled.
In addition to it's staggering negative environmental impact, the fashion industry is notorious for exploiting and underpaying it's workers. There are roughly 75 million garment and textile workers in the world today and over 80% of them are women, ages 18-24. The ever increasing demand for fast, extremely cheap clothing makes garment workers especially vulnerable to abuse, unfair pay, and unsafe working conditions. Harmful dyes and chemicals used in the processes to make our clothing put garment workers, and our planet, in unhealthy situations that can lead to illness, birth defects, and death. 20% of the world's industrial water pollution is caused from textile dying and treatment processes. Yup, 20 percent.
These facts can seem overwhelming and scary, but the future of fashion doesn't have to be this way! The industry is ready for change, and with your support it CAN change. Over the years many companies and individuals have taken notice to the negative impact fast fashion has on the environment and garment workers and are working tirelessly to make a positive difference within the fashion industry. Shopping from environmentally conscious and ethical brands means that you are supporting these initiatives for a cleaner, more green earth through sustainable changes within the fashion industry.
This is why we shop sustainable.