Norvergence: The fashion industry collectively emits about four to ten percent of total carbon emissions.
Moreover, according to UNECE 2018, 85% of all garments go into the dump each year, causing pollution. Washing some type of garments is responsible for releasing microplastics into the water bodies. The use of chemicals in garment manufacturing can also lead to severe levels of pollution.
Climate change is real, and it’s time the responsibility is shared at an individual level as well. It’s important to introspect and identify the areas we all can contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of human civilization.
The harm that the garment industry is causing the environment needs a rugged look, and the way the world dresses up needs a makeover.
Sustainable fashion is the way forward. It can help reduce the carbon footprint of humanity.
The harmful effects of the fashion industry aren’t well known as other industries such as the oil industry.
The first step to bring about a change in attitudes is creating awareness. The adverse effects of climate change are evident in the vagaries of weather experienced pan world. It’s the involvement of the garment industry towards carbon emissions that is not highlighted enough.
The counterargument is that the garment industry is worth close to 3 trillion dollars, which is about 2% of the world’s GDP. The sector further provides millions of jobs and drives economies.
It is a shift in processes that is the need of the hour. And that is best achieved by creating awareness about the same.
The shift in manufacturing processes
The bulk of manufacturing for the fashion industry happens in developing countries. The fact that it occurs worldwide doesn’t make us immune to the damage caused to the environment. The pandemic is evidence of the connected world we live in.
The shift towards sustainable manufacturing, promoting the use of more natural fibres, vintage raw materials and manufacturing can help reduce the harm caused by the fashion industry.
Furthermore, the use of natural dyes, bleaching agents, and other harmful chemicals used in the production of garments should be reduced.
Create the right demand
In every industry, demand drives the supply. Creating the proper demand will catalyze the shift towards sustainable garment production.
A change in attitudes fueled by creating the proper demand will drive the shift towards sustainability.
Renting and Reselling
Renting and reselling of fashion garments can reduce the production of garments. Revenue can still be generated with maintenance, packaging, transportation of these items. Retail outlets can pave the way for rental infrastructure in both legacy stores and online platforms.
Renting and Reselling can drive the requisite sustainability in fashion, reducing the planet’s burden while generating revenue for the stakeholders.
Established fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren have also forayed into the rental fashion industry.
To sum it up
Norvergence: Imagine the impact of each garment that is sold around the world. With the planet exhibiting signs of climate change with extreme weather events happening more frequently worldwide, sustainability is imperative that must be implemented.
Sustainable fashion is the way forward for the industry. The earlier it sees widespread adoption, the earlier positive results can be obtained from it.