MAR 01, 2017 5:46 AM PST

The Fashion Industry and the Environment


When it comes to which industries most impact the environment, fashion isn't something that would automatically come to mind. The fashion business however isn't just about wearing nice things. In 2013, over 13 million tons of textiles were thrown out. Manufacturing a simple T-shirt uses over 700 gallons of water. While natural fibers are best, crops like cotton are being grown less and synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are essentially petroleum products, further increasing the use of fossil fuels.

Sustainable fashion is a new concept but one that could be catching on. A "Thirty Year Jacket" made by designer Tom Cridland, is being marketed as part of a collection of clothes that are made well and will last for years. While consumers might see the price and want something cheaper, keeping an item of clothing for a longer period actually saves money in the long. In addition there is less burden on the environment from manufacturing, maintenance, and eventually landfill space when the item is discarded. Cridland hopes that even if someone doesn't choose his line for environmental reasons, the quality and durability will win them over.

Source: JD institute Of fashion Technology, India

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