On World Earth Day, we take a look at how Fast Fashion is impacting our planet and people, and what we can all do about it.
And give yourself a pat on the back - you’ve made a good start just by being one of our customers!
Fast fashion has revolutionised the clothing industry - but not for the better.The global fashion industry...
👕produces 150 billion garments a year and a huge 87% end up in landfill
🛢️makes 62% of clothing from petroleum / crude oil based materials like polyester
🌍is a heavy polluter – using highly toxic dyes and heavy metals which are flushed into rivers where they harm ecosystems and sicken people and animals
🌳chops down 150 million trees to create cellulosic fabrics like rayon or viscose
💨is responsible for 4% of all greenhouse gas emissions
🌊accounts for 35% of all microplastics in the ocean – from the washing of synthetic clothes
❌is the 2nd biggest contributor to ‘modern slavery’ (workers paid less than min wage) with child labour being common
The average person today buys 60% more items of clothing than they did 15 years ago but keeps them only half as long! Only 1% of all discarded clothing is actually recycled.
(Statistics sourced from Earth Day: The Official Site | EARTHDAY.ORG)
How can you make a difference?
What are we doing about it?
We manage two ‘brands’ here - Eczema Clothing and Cotton Comfort.
✔️We choose brands and garments that are first and foremost kind on the skin.
✔️Our next absolute requirement is that the fabrics used are natural. We stock mainly Organic Cotton with a small number of Silk and Tencel garments.
✔️The garments also need to be of high quality so they last a long time.
✔️The brands we work with need to demonstrate strong credentials that covers the manufacture of their items including materials and employment conditions in their factories.
Cotton Comfort is our own in house clothing brand that we sell through our Eczema Clothing platform.
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✔️We only use 100% Organic Cotton in all of our clothes and no harmful dyes or chemicals are used in the process of manufacture.
✔️We make our clothes to a very high standard so they will wash and last well
✔️We use GOTS Certified factories in Ukraine, Turkey, Egypt and India which have high standards over the end to end process of manufacture and uphold high ethical standards which protect their workforce and supply chain. We have strong communications with them and visit them periodically (our next visit is to Turkey at the end of April).
✔️Our packaging is improving and we now only use recyclable or biodegradable plastic, we recognise we still have a way to go here. We are working with Tern (www.tern.eco/) on an exciting plan to recycle garments that you no longer want or can use.
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