Fashion has an impact in climate change.
Are we consenting to ignore the future consequences of our present actions?
Nature’s cycles are changing and we are the witnesses and the catalysts, going against ecological systems and destroying the planet’s treasures year by year.
New generations have the mission to urge moral purpose, due to the consequences they are living in, in order to unify a commom cause: moral and spiritual change.
Fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world, the second most polluting business after oil. The lack of ethics and morals is present in the use of child labour, animal harvesting and environmental catastrophes.
For example, it can take 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton, which represents approximately 1 t-shirt or 1 pair of jeans. Cotton is one of the biggest crops in the world and the one that requires the most insecticides and pesticides. Unsafe chemicals can cause severe health consequences in workers and eco-systems.
In 1984, Bhopal, in India, a leak of chemical gas was referred to as the world’s worst industrial disaster. The leak ocurred at the Union Carbide India Limited, a pesticide plant in Bhopal.
The poison cloud was so dense and searing that people were reduced to near blindness. As they gasped for breath its effects grew ever more suffocating. The gases burned the tissues of their eyes and lungs and attacked their nervous systems. People lost control of their bodies. Urine and faeces ran down their legs. Women lost theirs unborn children as they ran, their wombs spontaneously opening in bloody abortion.
Stiched-up: the anti-capitalist book of fashion, Tansy E. Hopkins
The area around the factory was used as a dumping ground for hazardous chemicals, causing irreversible effects to the soil and water.
Petrochemicals are used in the production of polyester, consuming large amounts of energy and are responsible for the rise of harmful emissions such as heavy metal cobalt, manganese salts, sodium bromide, antimony oxide and titanium dioxide.
Nylon or polyamide fibres are based on petrochemicals, and the process to transform raw materials into nylon fibres is energy intensive: 1 kg of fabric consumes 150 MJ. It also produces nitrous oxide which is a potent greenhouse gas.
The production of large volumes of specific fibres is increasing the ecological risks. The need for a sustainable strategy is urgent!
Some of the solutions
- Consumers buying less
- Lower-impact fibres
- New textile approaches
- Increase of sustainable designers
Approximately more than half a trilion gallons of fresh water are used in the process of dyeing textiles. Clothing manufacturers often dump chemicals and untreated water into rivers, which can spread throughout the world.
Companies have moved to countries where manufacturing is cheaper and force the shipment of garments in containers for transportation. The fuel burned on those ships is 1000 times dirtier than diesel used in the trucking industry, and can eventually produce cancer or asthma due to the amount of pollutants.
The future of fashion and the future of our planet depend on the choices we make today. It is essential to re-think the whole textile industry lifecycle, minimizing its environmental and social effects.
“Climate Anarchy” photo shoot directed and Styled by me Taja_asiul
Photographer: Laura Viktualia Facebook
Sustainable and Ethical clothes by : Ethical Collection