20% of global water pollution

20% of global water pollution is the result of dyeing textiles. https://www.soilassociation.org/thirsty-for-fashion/

Fashion production causes 10% of global carbon emissions. https://www.innovationintextiles.com/circular-fashion-closing-clothings-waste-loop/

It takes 7600 litres of water to make one pair of jeans. https://fashionunited.uk/case/future-of-fashion-production-sustainable-high-tech-and-on-demand

It takes 2700 litres of water to make one T-shirt. https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-impact-of-a-cotton-t-shirt

Organic cotton consumes 91% less water than “conventional” cotton. http://aboutorganiccotton.org/faq/

“Conventional” cotton uses approximately 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides. [The enormous amount of herbicides like glyphosate used are never included in statistics.]  https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/oct/01/cotton-on-the-staggering-potential-of-switching-to-organic-clothes

Drones are spraying chemical defoliant on millions of hectares of cotton fields in China. This is on top of already chemical intensive GMO (“conventional”) cotton programs, with the goal of reducing “expensive” labour costs. https://www.geospatialworld.net/news/xag-drone-fleets-take-off-for-large-scale-cotton-defoliation-operation-in-xinjiang/

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XAG Drone spraying cotton defoliate in Xinjiang, 2018.

 

dye factories ordered to close

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Seven wash and dye factories in Dhaka, Bangladesh have been ordered to stop dumping into the Buriganga River, or close.

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Their electricity was cut off, then restored for a three-month grace period.

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Last year, a giant factory explosion in China killed hundreds and was barely reported. It was first said their product was fertilizer. In fact, it was a dye component. Workers at nearby, and distant factories recorded it happening. The video was obviously edited together and posted to YouTube very fast. Reports focused on dye price chaos, not the vague casualty under-reports and the entire incident, which has gone almost unnoticed in the Rana Plaza type focus groups.

Fast Fashion and over-consumption is the problem. Globalization created Fast Fashion. It’s a disaster.

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No one wants your cheap, old clothes—not even the neediest people on Earth. “Fast Fashion is Creating an Environmental Crisis” , Newsweek