We all want to feel great about our clothes since they are an everyday necessity and for many an important expression of individuality. But, do you ever stop and think about the conditions they were made in and, how your new outfit impacts the environment?
The fashion industry’s current take on manufacturing clothes is one of the main causes of many environmental impacts. 97% of materials used to make clothes are new resources, with only 3% of it being recycled materials. An estimated $500 billion is lost every year due to clothing that’s barely worn and rarely recycled. It simply ends up in landfills or burned and if nothing changes, the fashion industry would have used up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050.
That’s not even talking about the workers making these clothes. Minimum wages, long working hours, poor health, and safety conditions are the reality for most garment workers in fast fashion.
Simply put, sustainable fashion is fashion made ethically. It’s producing clothes, shoes, and accessories in an environmentally and socio-economically sustainable manner. It’s also focusing on the consumer to think more sustainably about their fashion consumption. In short, sustainable and ethical fashion means your clothing is Eco-friendly and people-friendly.