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Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil - EcoWatch

Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil - EcoWatch
“The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world ... second only to oil,” the recipient of an environmental award told a stunned Manhattan audience earlier this year. “It’s a really nasty business ... it’s a mess.” Since 2011, the Greenpeace Detox campaign has challenged some of the world's most popular clothing brands to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals. Photo credit: Jonas Gratzer / Greenpeace While you’d never hear an oil tycoon malign his bonanza in such a way, the woman who stood at the podium, Eileen Fisher, is a clothing industry magnate. On a warm spring night at a Chelsea Piers ballroom on the Hudson River, Fisher was honored by Riverkeeper for her commitment to environmental causes. When we think of pollution, we envision coal power plants, strip-mined mountaintops and raw sewage piped into our waterways. Globalization means that your shirt likely traveled halfway around the world in a container ship fueled by the dirtiest of fossil fuels.

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January 9, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 2 [+]Enlarge A close-up of fibers from rinse water shows polyester fleece garments shed up to 2 g of microfibers in the wash. Credit: University of California, Santa Barbara For many people who enjoy exploring the outdoors, a jacket made of polyester fleece is a wardrobe staple. The fluffy material is warm, lightweight, long-wearing, and often made from recycled soda bottles. But researchers are increasingly worried that fibers from fleece and other synthetic garments are making journeys of their own to soils, rivers, and oceans where they can damage wildlife and even end up in the human food supply.

Sustainability Wages are a very complex issue. This is why we seek guidance from wage experts such as global trade unions, the ILO and the Fair Wage Network. They believe our role as a brand and buyer is not to set the level of wages. Pressure Mounts to Reform Our Throwaway Clothing Culture by Marc Gunther: Yale Environment 360 09 Aug 2016: Report by marc gunther Illustration by Luisa Rivera for Yale E360 Fast-growing, fast-fashion retailer H&M, which has more than 4,000 stores in 62 countries, sold $24.5 billion worth of T-shirts, pants, jackets, and dresses last year. It also took 12,000 tons of clothes back. In a glossy, celebrity-studded video, H&M says: “There are no rules in fashion but one: Recycle your clothes.”

Our clothes are not made for the catwalk or the studio. They are made with a naturalness and quality fit for the real world. For our Autumn Winter 16 campaign we acknowledge that our clothes are for people and real life. Prized, not precious. The Fashion Industry and Its Impact on the Environment and Society Editor’s Note: This post is part of the on-going collaboration between S&S and GreenBuzz to promote increased dialogue between sustainability practitioners, academic experts, and the general public. GreenBuzz chapters in different cities coordinate on-the-ground events for a word-of-mouth driven community of professionals engaged in sustainability, bringing sustainability leaders together to connect with each other and to discuss specific sustainability topics. S&S will publish excerpts, summaries, and discussions generated by these events in order to facilitate on-going debate and make the information presented at these events available to a world-wide audience. When we think of climate change, certain sectors, such as agriculture and transportation, are most commonly considered key in addressing climate change posed challenges.

Fast fashion, "value" fashion Fast fashion, "value" fashion ‘We now buy 40% of all our clothes at value retailers, with just 17% of our clothing budget.’ TNS Worldpanel (2006) Fashion Focus issue 29 Using waste in good taste Updated: 2015-09-09 14:19 By Wang Ying In Shanghai(China Daily USA) Textile recycling initiatives by companies and individuals are reducing Shanghai's huge pile of waste. There are only two mountains in Shanghai. The first is a popular travel destination for locals in the Sheshan National Tourist Resort in Songjiang district. The other has the ignominy of being a mountain of trash. The Life Cycle of a T Shirt .22 lbs fertilizers .01 lbs pesticides 1.2 lbs fossil fuels 700 gallons water That right there? That’s a recipe for ONE COTTON T SHIRT! We’ve all gotten freebie t shirts at an event before- a charity walk, a fundraiser, an outdoor festival. T shirts are not only an all American fashion staple, they’re a marketing tool, an incentive, a novelty. So, have you ever wondered where, exactly, your t shirts come from?

How Will Climate Change Affect What We Wear? Surprise! It Already Has The nefarious effects of climate change can be felt everywhere, scientists say, from last year’s extra-balmy winter to last week’s Hurricane Sandy, a storm whose destructive brawn some attribute to global warming. But flux in climate patterns is also manifesting in an unlikely place: our closets. Climate change, the term given to trends in statistical weather patterns, is often closely linked to anthropogenic global warming, and it’s likely a large reason that U.S. climates are getting warmer each year.

H&M’s new kid’s collection has a cause The list of species at risk is a long and depressing read: Tigers, snow leopards, pandas, finless porpoises, elephants and polar bears are just a few of the world’s threatened species. But when something is threatened, organizations, companies and individuals mobilize to make change happen. With H&M new kids’ collection, 10 percent of the sales revenue is donated to WWF’s work to conserve species at risk. H&M Magazine talked to Anna Gedda, H&M’s head of sustainability, about the collection, the brand’s long partnership with WWF – and what contributions she thinks we all can make. Monitoring & grading Sustainable Impact Partnership Programme (SIPP) During 2015, we started the implementation of our new supplier sustainability assessment programme SIPP (Sustainable Impact Partnership Programme). With this, we assess all our suppliers' factories on a three levelled approach: Level 1: Compliance with fundamental requirements (such as legal requirements, the ILO core conventions and other requirements similar to our previous Code of Conduct).

Sustainable Fashion Made Easy Fast Fashion is Big Business. There is some serious money to be made meeting the seemingly insatiable demand of consumers in the developed world for cheap clothes. This demand for cheaper and cheaper clothes means that corners are cut at every level of the supply chain as retailers and manufacturers strive to cut prices, while still maintaining their bottom line. Inevitably it is the people at the bottom of this long and complicated supply chain that are suffering. People working long days in often dangerous conditions for less than a living wage. Children working picking cotton, or sewing on buttons by hand.