When we think of greenhouse emissions, we think of automobile, aviation and shipping industries. However, according to the UN, nearly 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions is contributed by the fashion industry as a result of its long supply chains and energy-intensive production. The energy consumption of this industry is also more than the energy consumed by the aviation and shipping industry combined.
According to the statistics published by the UNEP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, every year the fashion industry uses 93 billion cubic meters of water and contributes to around 20 per cent of wastewater worldwide. UNEP data reveals that every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. If drastic measures are not taken, by 2050 the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget. The industry is also a major culprit behind the millions of tonnes of plastic microfibers being dumped into the ocean every year, which can spread throughout the food chain.