If you’ve been keeping up with the fashion industry over the past couple of years, chances are you’ve come across the word “sustainable fashion”.
The fashion industry is arguably the world’s second-most polluting industry after the oil industry, contributing to major environmental destruction with its manufacturing process.
According to The Guardian, water is a significant part of the problem as much of it from textile manufacturing gets flushed into waterways laden with contaminants such as bleaches, acids, inks and dyes. Reportedly, farmers in parts of China and India can even predict fashion’s next biggest hues from the colour of rivers tainted by runoffs from the textile industry!
As society shines the spotlight into our severely polluted environment, many fashion brands are seen joining in the momentum of sustainability in an effort to produce more eco-conscious clothing. But while the issue seems reasonable to be acknowledged and tackled by fashion brands and manufacturers, we as consumers also have a role to play in solving the matter.
Here are four effective and doable tweaks you can implement to make your shopping habits more sustainable.