CARBON

According to Levi, a pair of jeans has a lifetime Carbon Footprint of 33.4 kgCO2 equivalent, this is equivalent to 140 miles in a car [lightfoot]

Our clothes account for around 3% of global production of CO2 emissions [fashion revolution].

WATER

Global water consumption per person per year from the fashion industry is 23,900L. This is equivalent to 150 baths [Quantis]. 

20% of global waste water comes from the fashion industry, this contains highly toxic heavy metals, dyes and other chemicals [Greenpeace]. 90% is dumped untreated [Sustain your Style]. 

It takes 2,720 liters of water to make a t-shirt (that’s how much we normally drink over a 3 year period) [fashion revolution].

SOCIAL

The majority of the people who makes clothes for the global market live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay. Fashion Revolution Average pay is £25-£30 a month Guardian 

Rana Plaza took less than 90 seconds to collapse, killing 1,134 people. The Guardian It was the fourth largest industrial disaster in history Fashion Revolution

WASTE

Because the average lifetime of a garment is only 3 years and fewer than 1% of garments are recycled into new clothing [ellenmacarthurfoundation], textiles make up 5.2% of landfill waste [Sustain your Style].

 According to the water footprint network,  just one 250g cotton shirt is estimated to use 150g of pesticides.