Happy #fashionrevolutionweek! When it comes to environmental issues, fast fashion isn’t normally one that springs to mind, and yet it’s impact is not something to forget
An estimated £140m worth of clothing is throw away every year. £140m. When it comes to clothing, society often no longer looks for good-quality, long lasting garments – instead, attention has shifted to cheap, one-wear clothing that is thrown in a cupboard or the bin after use.
Not only is this causing an enormous, and frankly easily avoidable, amount of waste every year, this change in what we want from our clothing is having an even bigger impact on the planet through the tiny microfibres output from our clothing. Around 60% of the clothing made every year is polyester, due to it being cheap and easy to use, with the clothing industry being responsible for an estimated 42 million tonnes of synthetic fibres every year. Plus, these clothing fibres now make up 35% of microplastic pollution in the oceans. How crazy is that?
These fibres have been proven to make their way into and up the global food chain, and ultimately end up in us. Studies have also shown that the fibres act as sponges for toxic pollutants like pesticides in the water, which consequently make their way into our bodies and can disrupt key bodily functions.
And all because we can’t pay £10 more for a good quality piece of clothing, and only buy clothes when we need them.
So, think carefully before you buy. Clothing is having a huge, and largely unseen, impact on our planet and even us. Look at the clothing tag and check the material before you buy or, even better, avoid buying new clothing when you can.