According to the United Nations Environmental Program, the fashion industry contributes 10% of the global carbon dioxide output and also 1/5th of the plastic produced yearly.
Synthetics such as polyester are produced from oil and cause micro plastic pollution in rivers and oceans, harming marine and river species. In addition, wastewater from textile production sheds dye, lead, and mercury pollutants into seas and rivers.
What you can do:
-Choose organic, natural fibers that do not use chemicals and consume little water.
-Buy less clothing and buy better quality that will last.
-Mend clothing and recycle.
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