The fashion industry is fascinating. In May 2017, a group of fashion insiders and manufacturers had gathered in Copenhagen to discuss some alarming aspect. Yes, you heard it right. They wanted to discuss the ethical and environmental problems that were afflicting the apparel industry. Designers like Dao-Yi Chow, Maxwell Osborne, and Prabal Gurung were specially invited to the seminar together with other production experts, editors and professionals.
The agenda of the seminar was to throw light on issues like ethical manufacturing, sustainability, and the corporate responsibility. This year alone the first-ever publication named Pulse of Fashion Industry 2017 got published that has critiqued the whole industry on the whole. The fact is the fashion industry is already known for combating issues like overproduction, labor malpractice, waste and even pollution.
Let us show you how adverse outlook of the fashion industry has become. You will be simply blown away with the following 10 facts for sure.
10 Surprising Facts about the Fashion Industry
1. Cotton-based fibers are much in use for clothing production despite the fact that cotton production results in adverse the environment. Reason being it requires much water to grow and reproduce. Alarmingly, many cotton producing areas in Africa and Asia have become prone to intense water stress and will incur the risk of drought in near future.
2. As part of its in-house recycling program, H&M picks up 35 truckloads of clothing every day. Once the clothing has been collected, the unwanted pieces are donated to charity. The remaining collection is recycled into low quality and cheap products like insulation and cloths.
3. Plastic packaging is not environment-friendly at all. Annually, 90 dollars to 120 dollars are wasted in the process and it is tough to recycle used plastic into good quality plastic. Only 2 percent of 78 million tons of waste packaging gets recycled into the good stuff.
4. If the current rate of plastic dumping continues, then there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s seas by 2020. Already, kids in the Philippines walk on large deposits of plastic floating in the ocean. They pick the individual drinking straws that get resold later.
5. The fashion industry generates a revenue of 2.5trillion dollars every year. The rate is expected to double in the next 10 years. Amazingly, it employs 60 million people across the world. In the USA alone, 4 million people work in the apparel industry which is more than other growing sectors like automotive, video-game and fast food industries.
6. Some popular brands and manufacturers like Adidas, Walmart, Nike, and Burberry were involved in violating environmental industry standards. They were penalized by the reviewing body and later too proactive measures to reduce pollution.
9. A $25 T-shirt will only become $1.35 more expensive if the wages of the worker producing it gets doubled.
10. Compared to conventional methods, Nike’s Flyknit sneakers used 60 percent fewer materials in production. The construction requires no panels or gluing as only one-piece is woven together.
You can use these facts in fashion blog posts with the sources attached. Spreading more helpful information about the fashion industry is a good way in helping it get better.
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