Facts & Stats About Fast Fashion And Its Impact Part 3

Production of clothing, shoes and accessories

19. Clothing production doubled from 2000 to 2014. (McKinsey 2016)

20. The global apparel and footwear industry accounts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions releasing  four metric gigatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. (Quantis 2018)

21. More than 50% of the emissions from clothing production comes from three phases: dyeing and finishing (36%), yarn preparation (28%) and fibre production (15%). (Quantis 2018)

22. If the industry doesn’t change, and it’s fashion business as usual, the apparel industry’s climate impact is expected to increase 49% by 2030. (Global Fashion Agenda 2017)

23. The fashion industry’s CO2 emissions are projected to increase to nearly 2.8 billion tons per year by 2030— equivalent to the emissions of 230 million passenger vehicles driven for a year. (Global Fashion Agenda 2017)

24. In Australia, 92% of clothes sold in Australia are imported. (Choice 2014)

25. The clothing produced each year equates to 14 items of clothing for every person on earth. (McKinsey 2016)

26. The number of garments produced globally exceeded 100 billion for the first time in 2014.(McKinsey 2016)

27. One kilogram of clothing over its entire life cycle creates 11 kilograms of greenhouse gases. (McKinsey 2016)

28. Polyester production emitted about 706 billion kg (1.5 trillion pounds) of greenhouse gases in 2015 equivalent of the annual emissions of 185 coal-fired power plants. (World Resources Institute 2017).

Textile fibres and fabrics

33. 63% of textile fibres are derived from petrochemicals(Lenzing 2017)

34. Approximately 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles. (Alternatives Journal 2015)

35. Polyester and cotton dominate the global textiles and fibre market, 51% and 24% respectively (Lenzing, 2017)

36. Approximately 300 million people who produce cotton are still living in poverty. (Fairtrade 2017)

37. Making one kilogram of fabric generates an average of 23 kilograms of greenhouse gases. (McKinsey 2016)

38 Less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new textiles and fibres. (Elle MacArthur Foundation 2017)

39. Water-thirsty plant cotton linked to water depletion, accounts for 30% of all textile fibre consumption. (McKinsey 2016)

40. Although the cultivation area of cotton covers only 3% of the planet’s agricultural land, its production consumes an estimated 16% of all insecticides and 7% of all herbicides. (Greenpeace 2017)

41. By 2030, it is predicted that the fashion industry will use 35% more land for cotton, forest for cellulose fibres, and grassland for livestock. (Global Fashion Agenda 2017)

Credit - Eco Warrior Princess