The real story behind your t-shirt

FAST FASHION FACTS

Fashion Fact #1: worldwide, we buy more than 80 billion new items of clothing each year. That’s an increase of 400% since the year 2000.

Fashion Fact #2: 85% of discarded fashion items ends up in landfills. (95% of discarded clothing can be recycled or upcycled) 

Fashion Fact #3: Fast Fashion uses A LOT of water. 2.500 litres of water is needed to make one t-shirt.

Fashion Fact #4: The way clothing is made it’s responsible for 10% of the total CO2 emissions. That’s more than the emission of international aviation and transport by sea together!

Fashion Fact #5: 9 out of 10 garment workers in Bangladesh cannot afford food with their current paying wage.

The real story behind your t-shirt

Did you know that the fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry after the oil industry? The current system for producing, distributing, and using clothing & shoes operates in an almost completely linear way. Large amounts of nonrenewable resources are extracted to produce clothes and shoes that are often used for only a short period! This is the impact of fast fashion on our planet.

Each year we take around 85% of our wardrobe to the rubbish dump

150 billion new garments are produced every year, nowadays we like to change our closet regularly and discard the ‘old’ stuff. Even if we have only worn it a few times. This is what we call fast fashion, as bad as all the plastic bottles that consumers throw away. 

The way clothing is made it’s responsible for 10% of the total CO2 emissions. That’s more than the emission of international aviation and transport by sea together!

The fashion industry over the years

The production of clothes and shoes has doubled since 2000. In the year 2000 fashion brands produced only two collections a year, now they produce at least five collections. Brands like H&M and Zara go even further. Zara introduces 24 new collections every year!

But there is more

The fashion industry is also the second largest user of water in the world. 

2.500 litres, that’s the amount of water that’s necessary to make one t-shirt out of cotton. And if you want a pair of trousers too, you can count on 7.500 litres. Therefore the clothing industry causes a lot of water pollution. Think about all the microplastics that end up in the oceans through wassing our clothes and we have not yet talked about the pollution caused by dyeing clothes.

If the fashion industry does not change, it could account for 26% of total emissions by 2050.

Fortunately there are good alternatives in the pipeline. A lot of sustainable brands are introducing the fashion market. Clothes and shoes made out of reused and recycled materials are the new trends. Komrads stays not behind!

Komrads creates sustainable sneakers, by respecting all living creatures and by reusing and recycling the natural treasures the planet gives us every day as we acknowledge that these are limited.

The time to change is now! Because this planet needs you to give a shit. 

Let’s make a difference. Feet first!

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