Toxic Fast Fashion

As consumers, we are aware of the health benefits of avoiding GM foods, opting for organic wherever possible as well as natural beauty and cleaning products.

But, have you ever considered the chemicals used in your clothing?

It is estimated over 8000 synthetic chemicals are used in the fashion manufacturing process. For those who wear the clothes, these synthetic chemicals can cause skin irritation and aggravate any allergies.

And what about the workers across the supply chain who are responsible for treating, dying, and producing the garments? Most of them are often exposed to dangerous substances without adequate health and safety protection.

It is also important to consider water pollution and biodiversity damage. As it stands, close to 25% of global chemical output originates from the textile industry, and China is responsible for over 40% of this. In fact, over 70% of China’s rivers and lakes are contaminated by over 2.5 billion gallons of wastewater from the textile and dye industry. This makes the water undrinkable, and also destroys marine wildlife.

Another repercussion of the use of chemical substances is the impact it has on biodiversity. For example, the pesticide and insecticide use for the production of conventional cotton contribute to nitrogen, a gas that is one of the causes of global warming.

So, dear subscriber, for a more transparent and eco-friendly fashion industry it needs to reduce its environmental footprint, by tackling the chemicals in clothing that are making the planet toxic.

That's why we invite you to be part of the change and opt for a more sustainable fashion.

 


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