UN Launches Drive to Highlight Environmental Cost of Staying Fashionable

The environmental devastation of cheap fast fashion – not only is the average person buying 60 per cent more items of clothing than they did 15 years ago but, according to the McKinsey 2019 State of Fashion report, they are only keeping them as half as long as they used to.

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25 March 2019 – It takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans,  equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years. That’s just one of the many startling facts to emerge from recent environmental research, which show that the cost of staying fashionable is a lot more than just the price tag.*
UNEP/Cyril Villemain | African Sustainable Fashion in Nairobi, Kenya.
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When we think of industries that are having a harmful effect on the environment, manufacturing, energy, transport and even food production might come to mind. But the fashion industry is considered by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), to be the second most polluting industry in the world.

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2 thoughts on “UN Launches Drive to Highlight Environmental Cost of Staying Fashionable

  1. Amazing statistics! “But the fashion industry is considered by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), to be the second most polluting industry in the world.”
    I reckon it is time we learn again to go more for quality, so that we can be wearing things again and again rather than throwing them out after just one season. What a disgusting waste that is!

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  2. Very surprising, isn’t it, Aunty – more carbon emissions than aviation (which produces a lot) and shipping combined. I have been buying most of my clothes secondhand for years, that way I get quality and low price, too.

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