18 Mind-blowing statistics that will make you want to switch to slow fashion and become a conscious consume
Air-drying your clothes just six months a year could save 700 pounds of CO2.
Wearing your clothing 50 times instead of 5 (the fast fashion average) reduces carbon emissions by 400% per item per year.
Synthetic fabrics like Polyester, Spandex, Nylon, Rayon, etc. are not biodegradable. It takes them 20-200 years to decompose. Choose natural eco-friendly fabrics!
It takes 2720 litres of water to produce enough cotton for one T-shirt. That’s how much we normally drink per year.
20% of industrial water pollution comes from treating and dyeing fabrics.
Clothing consumption produces 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per household per year. The equivalent of driving 6000 cars.
Between 75%-80% of our clothing’s lifecycle impact comes from washing and drying.
The average American throws away 70 lbs of clothing every single year. 20% of those in landfills had never been worn.
The clothing industry is the second most polluting industry in the world and one of the largest employers of slave and child labour.
Linen production uses only 8% of the energy required to produce polyester – Zady
By doubling the useful life of clothing from one year to two years reduces emissions over the year by 24%
Cotton production accounts for ¼ of the world’s pesticide usage. Wear eco fabric instead.
99% of clothing thrown away can be recycled or reused
It is estimated that we make 400billion m2 of textiles annually. 60 billion m2 is cutting room floor waste.
The average British woman hoards £285 of clothes they will never wear. That’s £30 billion worth of unworn clothes.
A woman working in Guangdong, China works around 150 hours of overtime each month. 60% have no access to social insurance.
To harvest 1 pound of cotton, U.S. farmers apply nearly 1/3 pound of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
In Bangladesh, garment workers earn £44 per month – just ¼ of a living wage.