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‘Clothing designed to become garbage’ – Fashion industry grapples with pollution, waste issues

So far, we have been talking in class about sustainability and how does it mitigate global warming and affect the economy. The fashion industry is responsible for about 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and its emissions are expected to jump by more than 50 percent by 2030. Moreover, many clothing brands promote fast fashion, which is not compatible with a sustainable business model. In addition, to execute the fast-fashion strategy, many clothing brands use synthetic and polyester fibers, which are extracted from oil and oil production, to reduce production costs to attract consumers. Because of that, consumers buy a lot of clothes in pursuit of the concept of fast fashion. At the same time, consumers treat cheap clothes as essentially disposable, and throw them habitually. However, for these inexpensive clothes, which are made from synthetic and polyester fibers, the particles are not biodegradable. As a result, toxic synthetic fibers can contaminate water resources when clothes are dumped in landfills. Also, as production of synthetic textiles is accelerating, the volume of textiles in landfills is soaring.

In addition to water pollution, it can also cause huge economic losses. About $500 billion a year is lost because discarded clothes cannot be reused.

In my opinion, Sustainable development is very important for enterprises. In order to achieve sustainable development, fashion companies should use as many recyclable materials as possible when they product cloths. At the same time, garment collection is a good way for enterprises. Also, consumers should not pursue fast fashion excessively.

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/07/new-york-fashion-week-how-retailers-are-grappling-with-sustainability.html

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