24.11.19 The Fashion Industry is the Second largest polluter in the World.
Fact: ardent followers of fashion aren’t always that ardent about sustainability. Also a fact: it can take up to 2,700 litres to produce the cotton needed to make a just a single t-shirt, which is the equivalent of three years worth of drinking water. Here is a further look into the issues surrounding fashion and water, and the three other reasons why fashion is the world's second-largest polluter. 1. USE OF WATER,The fashion industry is a huge consumer as well as a polluter of fresh water, with one of the biggest culprits being cotton production.2. CARBON FOOTPRINT, The fashion industry is a primary source of greenhouse gas emissions. It accounts for 10% of carbon emissions globally, the result of its long and varied supply chains, production processes, manufacturing, shipping and retail activities. 3. DYES, The global textile industry discharges 40,000 – 50,000 tons of dye into the water system, which contributes to an estimated 17 to 20% of the world’s industrial water pollution. Credit: attn:
Poverty deprives people of adequate education, health care and of life's most basic necessities- safe living conditions (including clean air and clean drinking water) and an adequate food supply. The developed (industrialized) countries today account for roughly 20 percent of the world's population but control about 80 percent of the world's wealth.
Poverty and pollution seem to operate in a vicious cycle that, so far, has been hard to break. Even in the developed nations, the gap between the rich and the poor is evident in their respective social and environmental conditions.