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The Fashion Industry

Let’s take a deeper dive into the industry

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Some Stats

1. “93% of brands surveyed by the Fashion Checker aren’t paying garment workers a living wage” (Fashion Checker, 2020)

2. “Clothing production is the third biggest manufacturing industry after the automotive and technology industries. Textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined” (House of Common Environmental Audit Committee, 2019)

3. “More than $500 billion of value is lost every year due to clothing underutilization and the lack of recycling” (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017)

4. “One in three young women, the biggest segment of consumers, consider garments worn once or twice to be old” (The Guardian, 2019)

5. “Fast fashion brands use open-loop production cycles that pollute water and land” (The New York Times, 2019)

6. “The fashion industry is responsible for 8% of carbon emissions” (

7. “The textile sector still represents 10 to 20 percent of pesticide use.” The State of Fashion, McKinsey, 2020)

8. “The average American throws away around 81 pounds of clothing yearly” (Saturday Evening Post, 2018)

9.“68% of fast fashion brands don’t maintain gender equality at production facilities” (Ethical Fashion Guide, 2019)

10. “It is estimated that around the world, about 107 billion units of apparel and 14.5 billion pairs of shoes were purchased in 2016” – (Common Objective, 2018)

11. “Three out of five fast fashion items end up in a landfill” (Clean Clothes Campaign, 2019)

12. “Worker rights of fast fashion employees are strongly violated” (Euronews, 2019)

13. “Washing, solvents, and dyes used in manufacturing are responsible for one-fifth of industrial water pollution” (McKinsey, 2020)

14. “Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. But it takes more than 200 years to decompose.” (Forbes, 2015)

15. Fashion accounts for 20 to 35 percent of microplastic flows into the ocean. The State of Fashion, McKinsey 2020

About the author: Jennifer is an aspiring content writer who likes to write about sustainable solutions, greener lifestyle options, and organic products. She wants to employ all of her writing strengths to help people and businesses create good quality content.