Facts & Stats About Fast Fashion And Its Impact Part 1

Pollution and microfibres

48. Garment manufacturing accounts for 20% of global industrial water pollution. (World Resources Institute 2017).

49. About 1,900 synthetic plastic microfibers per garment are released when washed and due to its tiny sizes and shapes, aren’t caught in waste water treatment and enter our oceans. (Browne et al. 2011a)

50. 1.4 quadrillion microfibres are estimated to be in the ocean as a result of laundering clothes. (Elle MacArthur Foundation 2017).

51. Of the 2,400 substances used in clothing manufacturing, researchers found that approximately 30% of the identified substances posed a risk to human health. (Elle MacArthur Foundation 2017).

Water consumption

42. It takes about 2,720 litres of water to produce just one cotton shirt – a number equivalent to what an average person drinks over three years. (EJF)

43. It takes about 10,000 litres of water to produce enough cotton for a pair of jeans. (WRAP 2011)

44. The volume of water consumed by the global fashion industry is 79 billion cubic meters equivalent to 32 million Olympic-size swimming pools. (Global Fashion Agenda 2017)

45. Researchers anticipate the industry’s water consumption will increase by 50% by 2030 as cotton producers are located in countries suffering water stress, such as China and India. (Global Fashion Agenda 2017)

46. It takes about 170,000 litres of water to grow a kilogram of wool. (Julian Cribb ‘The Coming Famine‘ 2010)

47. Each year 1.3 trillion gallons of water is used for fabric dyeing alone. (World Resources Institute 2017).

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