Collectively, the fashion industry accounts for 8–10 per cent of global carbon emissions. Some clothing companies have turned to sustainable fashion, which aims to minimise the impact of production on the environment. This factors in the raw materials used to create textiles, the energy and water expenditure in the production stage, recyclability and more.
While this is a great step in the right direction, it’s important to remember that replacing clothing before the end of its life – even with a more sustainable alternative – has an environmental impact.
What’s the alternative?
Wear your clothes for as long as you can. Where possible, repair items rather than replace them – and try to resist buying based on trends (a key component of ‘fast fashion’).
When it is time to make a purchase, look for brands that specialise in recycled or upcycled clothing, rather than buying new.