Updated: Dec 10, 2019
Have you wondered what happens to all our clothing and accessories that are discarded, and also the ones we donate?
Fact: Fast fashion is second only to oil as the world’s largest polluter.
Thanks to mass production of cheap and so-called recycled clothing items, daily in Hong Kong, there are 253 tons of textiles sent to landfill.
Consumers throw away shoes and clothing [versus recycle], an average of 70 pounds per person, annually.
A few communities have textile recycling programs, about 85% of this waste goes to landfills where it occupies about 5% of landfill space and the amount is still growing.
There are numerous reports available online that state; fast fashion industry produces around 1 billion garments annually, emitting 1.2 billion tons of CO2, producing 20% of global waste water, whilst using 3500 different chemicals; damaging lives and the world we live in.
Fact: vegetable tanning is widely used in leather industry, meaning there are fewer harmful chemicals (eg, chrome) and less waste as the high quality makes it last longer.
Below is a chart showing utilisation of clothes compared to sales of clothes since 2000 - 2015. It is quite a shocking figure!
Moreover, 85% of our used clothes end up in landfills, leaving only 1% of textile waste being truly recycled.
The clothing deficit myth keeps us believing our clothes are going to those in need, while we keep giving ourselves more reasons to buy new ones, only to add more to the waste in landfills.
At least 60% of all our clothing are made of synthetic materials, we are only going higher in percentage of producing more of our clothing using this type of material.
Therefore its always wise and responsible to invest in sustainable clothing and accessories.
They might cost a fraction more but will end up saving lives and our environment from the poisonous fast fashion culture.
What are your views based on this article? Are you planning to change your shopping habits?