Today, we live in a world where there’s a dire need for every industry to move toward manufacturing practices that ensure the least minimal impact on our environment. Moreso, the carbon footprint is responsible for the 10% emissions of greenhouse gases worldwide. And it’s the apparel industry that accounts for most of this.
In order for us to make sure this world is a better place to live for our generations to come, we need to see how sustainable practices in the apparel industry can serve this purpose. In this blog post, we will specifically talk about the apparel industry and how sustainable fashion and clothing can help reduce the global environmental plight.
According to research, every 1-2 seconds, a full rack of textile waste gets dumped in a landfill.
This is a big amount of waste that is created by apparel businesses.
If we look at the manufacturing of fast fashion clothing, we get to know that such garments are made by keeping the workforce under harsh working conditions at the factory. The clothing is mostly made in third-world countries where labor is cheap and the government does not have strict enforcement of labor rights.
The workforce usually works in poor conditions in which:
- They work long hours
- Pressure to produce more adds to the exploitation of workers
However, sustainable garments such as period knickers by Modibodi give priority to the rule of fair wages and a safe work environment for all the employees working under the brand.
The increasing footprint of carbon due to the clothing industry is enormously huge in the form of waste being dumped. The waste is being produced as a by-product and being dumped in an open landfill in the following ways:
- Creation of materials
- The manufacturing of clothing
- Transportation locally and internationally to factories, vendors, retailers and franchises
When it comes to sustainable garments, we see that such garments are made with biodegradable materials. These are made from organic or recycled materials.
When such biodegradable materials are being used, the consumers can rest assured that the materials require very little or no chemical treatment and also that:
- There is much less consumption of energy
- Less amount of water used, which otherwise accumulates to millions of gallons
- Zero amount of pesticides or fertilisers used in the growing process
If we look at the apparel industry, we get to know that this industry is the biggest consumer of water in the world in comparison with other industries.
Huge amounts of water is consumed in:
Apart from the usage of millions of water gallons, the fashion industry pollutes water bodies with toxic chemicals that then seep into waterways. On the other hand, brands that make clothes following sustainable methods have a policy on using the minimum amount of water to limit the amount of water being consumed.