Do you know the real impact of textiles on the planet?
The textile industry pollutes our environment and our planet. It is currently the second most polluting sector in the world.
One of the major problems is due to over-consumption: We are unnecessarily over-consuming by buying on impulse. Just by looking at our wardrobes, we actually only wear 35% of our wardrobe! We buy out of envy, to follow the latest fashion trends, without even thinking about all the environmental consequences our actions may have.
Here are some key figures:
- Seven hundred thousands tons of clothes are consumed in France every year! Moreover, we use only 35% of the clothes in our dressing room.
- We buy an average of 25 kilos of clothes… per year!
- 1.2 billion tons of CO2 equivalent are emitted per year, 21 tons more than all international flights and shipping combined.
- 25% of the world’s pesticides are used in the cotton fields that supply the world’s garment manufacturers.
- Consequences on the environment: 25% of the world’s rivers are polluted because of the textile industry.
- Consequences on human health: the substances coming from textiles and released into the environment during the manufacture of clothing are very often harmful to humans.
Now that you know the impacts of the textile industry, are you ready to revolutionize your approach and change your consumption habits? Hydrop will be able to accompany you in this process…
Moreover, the textile industry operates in a very linear way (I produce – I consume – I throw away), and this is what generates a lot of high-impact waste if it accumulates over time!
Today, the impact of the textile industry is revealed to the general public. Even so, many companies are not changing or are changing only minimally the way they operate. Too few of them are still using recycled materials or producing in a sustainable way. This is why we, as consumers, must change our consumption habits in order to reduce pollution and to contribute to the well-being of all for centuries to come.