Water Pollution and Fashion's Role

Water Pollution and Fashion's Role

Posted by Joel Carter on Feb 3rd 2021

  • Fashion's Share: The fashion industry is responsible for 20% of all industrial water pollution worldwide.
  • Yes, Even your Own Clothes: Washing clothes, releases 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean each year — the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles.Many of those fibers are polyester, a plastic found in an estimated 60% of garments.
  • Synthetics vs. Organic: Producing polyester releases two to three times more carbon emissions than cotton, and polyester does not break down in the ocean
  • Textile dyeing:the world’s second-largest polluter of water, since the water leftover from the dyeing process is often dumped into ditches, streams, or rivers.
    • The dyeing process uses enough water to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools each year.

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