Five facts you didn’t know about fashion waste



  1. Of the 100 billion garments produced each year, 92 million tonnes end up in landfills. This means that the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of clothes ends up on landfill sites every second.
  2. The apparel industry’s global emissions will increase by 50% by 2030.
  3. The fashion industry is responsible for 20% of global waste water. Dyeing and finishing – the processes by which colour and other chemicals are applied to fabrics – are responsible for 3% of global CO2 emissions as well as over 20% of global water pollution.
  4. It takes 20,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of cotton. About 2,700 litres of water are needed to make just one t-shirt, which would be enough for one person to drink for 900 days.
  5. Nearly 10% of microplastics dispersed in the ocean each year come from textiles. That’s  the equivalent to the plastic pollution of more than 50 billion bottles.

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