Sustainability in The Fashion Industry

//Sustainability in The Fashion Industry

There have been an increasing number of people looking at the fashion industry and its impact on the environment.

The global fashion industry is responsible for around 5% of all manmade greenhouse gases, and with that amount set to grow every year, people are concerned that the industry simply does not care.

While fashion might not have the carbon reputation of big polluters like the oil industry, it is still contributing a huge chunk of the overall greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2015 the fashion industry was responsible for 1.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.

To put this in perspective, that is only slightly less than the overall general emissions outputted by Russia.

Many people look to the big fashion players and hold them responsible for sourcing raw materials as cheaply as they can.

Other people claim that it is consumer spending habits that fuel the fast fashion drives that are responsible for cheap, churned out clothing.

Sustainable fashion labels say that we need to move away from low quality, mass made clothing and shift towards a new age of fashion.

They say that we need to promote longevity and quality in the clothing that is produced, so that it can be worn for years, not weeks.

The demand is fuelling the supply and the supply is fuelling the demand, so we are stuck in a cyclical pattern of fast, consumable fashion.

In order to break this cycle, consumers’ attitudes towards clothing and fashion will have to change.

Currently the trend is to buy seasonal, as well as micro-seasonal clothing.

Many people wear clothes once or twice, especially at a more formal event of when they are out in public, then they never wear the item again.

Experts are saying that the materials we use to make clothing has to change and the way that they are sold must also change.