From Chanel’s 2016 airport themed show. Image Source.
This week the release of the MacArthur Foundation report – A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future – projected grim statistics for the textile industry by 2050 if things don’t change immediately.
It estimates that, every year, the fashion business creates 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse emissions, this is more than international flights and shipping combined. Even more shockingly, it produces 16 times more plastic waste than the cosmetic industry, with our clothing releasing half a tonne plastic microfibres into the ocean each year. If nothing shifts, it is predicted that the fashion industry will use up a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050.
As Ellen MacArthur writes:
“The textiles industry relies mostly on non-renewable resources…including oil to produce synthetic fibres, fertilisers to grow cotton, and chemicals to produce, dye, and finish fibres and textiles…The current wasteful, linear system is the root cause of this massive and ever expanding pressure on resources.”
This is precisely why ALL brands need to work far harder to fundamentally change the way the fashion industry works, and as consumers, we need to make sure we’re only buying from labels we trust.
Read the report in full here.
Which you can do right here!