Lean In to Eco-Fashion


| 4/14/2016 12:43:00 PM


Fashion, an industry that rakes in 3 trillion dollars a year, is one of the most toxic industries—alongside big oil companies—and places a heavy burden on Mother Earth, rapidly depleting natural resources.

Fast Fashion Facts

• The manufacturing of polyester and other synthetic fabrics requires energy-intensive processing, which uses large amounts of crude oil and releases harmful, volatile emissions.
• Cotton crops use a quarter of US pesticides and nearly 3 percent of the world’s annual water supply.

According to the 2015 fast fashion documentary, “True Cost” directed by Andrew Morgan:

• 80 billion pieces of clothing are purchased worldwide yearly, a 400 percent increase from 20 years ago
• Americans throw away more than 82 pounds of clothing and shoes, per person, per year
• In 1960, 95 percent of clothing was made in the United States. Now only 5 percent of clothing is made in the States.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Solid Waste reports:



• Only 10 percent of the clothing donated to thrift stores is sold, the rest end up in landfills
• Women waste 7 times more clothing than men!