If you have ever watched a Sir David Attenborough documentary, then you are aware of how much our planet is suffering from the actions we take every day.
Whether it is by our reliance on fossil fuels, or how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans.
Why Sustainable Fashion is Important?
Sustainable fashion is important because it is a step forward that we can all take to make our world a better place.
This movement is about more than just our environment and includes ending the slave labour and child slavery that is used by fast fashion brands.
While most of the fashion brands we shop from have their headquarters either in Europe or the United States, most of the production of garments occurs in developing countries which don’t have the same protections for workers or have a minimum wage requirement.
The exploitation of slave labour is a major reason why ‘fast fashion’ has been able to grow exponentially.
85% of workers in the garment business are women, and the workforce is growing every year.
An estimated 430 million people are estimated to work in the fashion and textile industry, but only 2% of them receive a living wage.
Manufacturing is the second largest industry involved in the exploitation of modern slavery, coming only behind the agricultural sector. 1 in 3 textile workers in modern slavery are children.
The next time you pick up a piece of fast fashion clothing, stop and think about who made it.
In a recent survey, only 12% of brands could show that they had taken action to ensure textile workers were paid about the minimum wage in their country.
Ethical fashion also extends to consideration for the people who are negatively impacted by the environmental damage caused by the fashion industry.
Every year, garment production uses 1.5 trillion litres of water while 750 million people do not have access to safe drinking water.
In India, one of the main producers of cotton, 85% of the water required by the population is used on cotton production. An estimated 8,000 different synthetic chemicals are used in the textile industry for dyeing and clothes treatment which accounts for 20% of all water pollution.
These chemicals are not only devasting for the environment, but they can cause serious health complications for textile workers, and even result in birth-defects.
Our demand for fast fashion is changing the face of our planet forever.
NASA footage has shown how the Aral Sea has gone from being one of the largest lakes in the world to become a virtual desert as the result of 50 years of cotton farming nearby.
Fossil fuels are one of the major causes of climate change, and 70 million barrels of oil are used every year to produce the plastic fibres needed for polyester clothing.
Sustainable fashion is necessary for an array of reasons; to protect our planet, to safeguard our oceans and marine life, and to ensure that textiles workers around the world have adequate working conditions and wages.
By switching to sustainable fashion, we can make our world a better place for everyone who lives here.