So, you have decided to live more sustainably and made an effort to stop using one-time use plastic products, switching to metal straws and recyclable bags instead. While that’s a great first step, the way you shop has a huge impact on the environment as well.
With the rise of fast fashion, the fashion industry has become one of the most polluting industries of this era. The mass production of these cheap and trendy clothing focuses on low costs and speed, leading it to generate huge amounts of textile waste that damages the environment and pollutes the oceans. And it’s not just the harmful production of synthetic fabrics like polyester that you need to be concerned about.
Take a natural fibre like cotton for example. Cotton is one of the thirstiest crops on the planet. According to the International Institute of Sustainable Development, it uses over 2,700 litres of water to produce a single cotton t-shirt. And as the World Resource Institute reports, cotton farming is also responsible for 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides despite using about 3% of the world’s arable land.
Furthermore, when you wash synthetic fibre clothing, microplastics are released into the water which may harm marine life and find their way into your food and drink causing health problems. If you truly want to do your part for the environment, being more environmentally conscious about your fashion choices is an important step to take. Not sure where to start? We ask Stephanie Dickson, founder and editor-in-chief of eco-conscious platform Green Is The New Black to share with us her tips and tricks on how you can update your wardrobe without having to buy new clothing.
Text: Stephanie Dickson
Additional Reporting: Cheryl Chan
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