Fashion plays a major role in the global economy with annual revenues totalling over 3 trillion USD. However it is also one of the most resource-intensive industries in the world.
The production and distribution of the fibers, garments, threads, leathers used in fashion all contribute to differing forms of environmental pollution, including water, air, and soil pollution.
Leather industry is one of the most polluting industries. The leather processing is responsible for unfavourable impact on environment. The global production of leather is about 24bn m2 that presents a substantial challenge to leather industry. The tannery affluent produces high amount of dissolved and suspended organic and inorganic solids that are giving rise to high oxygen requirement.
One of the main contributors to the rapid production of pollution is the rapid production of such products due to the rapid consumption of customers. Every year the world as a whole consumes more than 80 billion items. Those products contribute to resource pollution and waste pollution, due to the fact that most of these items will one day be thrown out. People are consuming more and they want it for cheaper prices. And on other hand egoistic companies produce cheap items who are making a profit, this creates a trend called Fast Fashion.
Fast fashion is “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers
Sustainable fashion is about meeting today’s needs while ensuring that the way we go about meeting those needs meet future needs as well.
If I dig down a little deeper, sustainable fashion is also about benefitting the people involved throughout the fashion supply chain – from producers to consumers to everyone working in end-of-life facilities such as recycling factories.
Such changes will have a huge climate change footprint, and if we’re going to tackle the existential threat of climate change, the fashion industry needs to urgently
It’s essential that we work towards a fashion industry that is working in a sustainable way. However, I don’t think zero-waste is going to be a panacea for all of the problems in the fashion industry.
To have sustainable materials in my products and in my country, I will have to approach private organizations or educate consumers which will eventually help improve environmental standards.
I have started to see sustainable fashion being discussed at the talking tables of decision-makers by many companies. There are a lot of leaders investing in innovation but there are also a lot of laggards. Unfortunately, I think the only thing that is going to get the laggards to act is to introduce regulation, although governments move a lot slower than businesses, which could prove a challenge.
I also wish more companies to put their heads above the parapet and start talking about these issues to their customers more. Yes it will open up practices to scrutiny, but if one want to be a more sustainable business, one got to bring their customers along.