Over the years, sustainable fashion, slow fashion and many other buzz words have been used and abused by companies how don't truly care about the harmful effects of global warming. We've highlighted our role as a fashion brand, and what our contribution is to reverse the climate crisis. From using upcycled fabrics instead of virgin textiles to create new pieces, to using a strong quality control team to make sure our products stand the test of time and last 'for life'.
Sometimes we fail to recognize that you, the consumer, doesn't always know all the dirty details of the damage to the environment from our industry. So we've highlighted them all for you.
The fashion industry leaves a significant environmental and political impact on our world.
Here is a brief overview of the issues:
1. Environmental Impact:
a. Textile production: The process of producing textiles consumes large amounts of water, energy, and toxic chemicals. For example, producing just one kilogram of cotton can require up to 20,000 liters of water.
b. Chemical pollution: Dyes and other chemicals used in the production of clothing can pollute rivers and water sources when not properly treated. This endangers ecosystems as well as the health of communities who depend on such water sources.
c. Waste: Fast fashion has led to an increase in clothes being produced and disposed of at alarming rates. Textiles end up in landfills, contributing to waste and releasing greenhouse gases during decomposition.
2. Political Impact:
a. Labour conditions: The fashion industry is known for employing low-wage labour, including child labour, in countries where regulations are lax. Workers often face poor working conditions, including long hours, inadequate pay, and occupational hazards.
b. Trade and globalization: The fashion industry plays a significant role in shaping trade policies, both in exporting countries and importing countries. This can lead to import restrictions, tariffs, and intellectual property rights disputes.
c. Encouragement of sustainable practices: Governments can influence the fashion industry's environmental policies and sustainability initiatives by implementing regulations, providing incentives, and supporting local manufacturing that adheres to ethical and eco-friendly practices.
Overall, the fashion industry's significant environmental and political impact is increasingly becoming a focus of attention for consumers, companies, and governments alike. It's crucial for all stakeholders to work together to promote ethical and sustainable practices within the industry to ensure a healthier planet and a more responsible global economy.