As a modern environmentally conscious shopper, it's important to understand how your shopping decisions can decrease global pollution.
Here is the dirty secret - the fashion industry is believed to be the 2nd largest polluter (right after the oil industry). We all know that creating anything takes resources, but consider the durability and staying power of the piece you are looking at – how often you will you wear it (like that spandex sequin top you wore to your holiday party 2 years ago) and for how many seasons - before you make that impulse buy.
Why does it matter?
According to McKinsey & Company, the textile sector represents 6% of global greenhouse-gas emissions, and up to 20% of pesticide use. Washing, solvents, and dyes used in manufacturing processes are responsible for roughly 20% of industrial water pollution, and fashion accounts for 20-35% of microplastic flows into the ocean.
All of these problems are being worked on, and will take the work of everyone to solve, including people like you. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has come up with some global best practices.
|Phase out materials of concern and microplastic release|
Increase clothing utilization
Make effective use of resources and move to renewable and recycled inputs
What Paneros is doing about it:
In addition to our one-of-a-kind repurposed products that do not require any new fabric to create, we continue to develop our naturally dyed program which uses less chemicals and resources to produce. As much as we can, we continue to utilize minimal-impact practices and materials.
Continue reading on Part 5, Less Waste.