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15+ sustainable fashion facts you need to know

Written by Weavabel, published 15/01/24 08:00

As the climate crisis intensifies and consumers become increasingly eco-aware, the fashion industry’s environmental impact is often thrown into the spotlight.

Despite some alarming statistics, it doesn’t mean we should lose hope for a sustainable fashion future. To get you up to speed, here’s an easily digestible list of all the sustainable fashion facts you need to know.

 

Waste

Perhaps the most significant contributor to fashion’s negative environmental impact is the amount of waste produced throughout the supply chain.

  • 92 million tonnes of textile waste heads to landfills every year.
  • That’s the equivalent of a truckload every second.
  • 50% of clothing bought in the UK is never worn.
  • 80% of all clothes end up in landfill.
  • Only 1% of waste gets recycled into new garments.

 

Chemical pollution

Raw materials require a lot of chemical processing, with those chemicals needing somewhere to go. Unfortunately, this usually has a detrimental effect on the environment, natural resources and communities.

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Carbon footprint

As carbon emissions reach an alarming rate globally, eyes are turning to the industries and companies with the biggest impact, with some consumers and governing bodies holding them accountable.

  • Textile production has more of an impact on the environment than aviation and shipping combined.
  • Fashion is the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 10% of global pollution.
  • The emissions associated with producing one white cotton t-shirt is equivalent to driving 35 miles in a car.
  • Based on current pollution levels, fashion emissions are expected to grow by 50% by 2030.

 

Global initiatives

With feelings of eco-anxiety and environmental responsibility increasing with consumers, we’ve started to see a shift towards more sustainable shopping habits to reduce the negative impacts of fast fashion hyperconsumerism.

  • The rental, resale and repair market is already worth over 75 billion USD.
  • This sector has the potential to reach a worth of 700 billion USD by 2030.
  • There’s been a 31% increase in secondhand clothing listings on eBay in the last three years.
  • Secondhand fashion app, Vinted, has more than doubled its registered users since 2019, reaching 65 million in 2022.
  • The clothes resale market in the UK grew by 149% between 2016 and 2022.

 

Circular fashion

While the impact of circular fashion remains to be fully seen and understood, several positive sustainable fashion facts are associated with a model that displays glimmers of hope.

Want to learn more about sustainable fashion?

Our guide tells all. We’ll cover why sustainability in fashion is important and the practices, materials and suppliers you need to help you on your journey to becoming a circular business.

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