There’s no way of sugarcoating this: the fashion industry is notoriously unsustainable and wrecks havoc on the environment.
The World Resources Institute estimates that five trillion litres of (fresh) water are used yearly in garment production, while the United Nations Environment Programme points out that the fashion industry generates “more greenhouse gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined”. Jaw-dropping, right?
But while many point the blame to fast fashion and its constant output (Watch: The True Cost), the luxury industry is not absolve of any guilt too. Leather tanning for example, releases large quantities of heavy metals and other pollutants into water bodies and exposes them to the workers and people who depend on them for survival. And we’re nowhere near scratching the surface on the magnitude and severity of the issue here.
So if you too want to create a sustainable, greener future for ourselves and the future generation, above are eight ways you can reduce negative impact on the environment. While each action seems small and insignificant, the collective effort counts for something more.