Can Fashion Ever be Sustainable? https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200310-sustainable-fashion-how-to-buy-clothes-good-for-the-climate
I chose this article because I thought it would be interesting to investigate the effects the fashion industry has on greenhouse gas emissions as it is far less known and understood in comparison to the effects of transportation and other human activities.
According to the Smart Guide to Climate Change, fashion accounts for approximately 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the fashion industry accounts for nearly 20% of wastewater, and it uses more energy resources than shipping and aviation combined. With the fashion industry, there are many aspects that make-up the overall greenhouse gas contribution that we may not think of. For instance, complex supply chains are only one part. The fashion industry is also comprised of the transportation of clothing and the disposal of it once the consumer is finished with it. While this process is common for many consumer products, the fashion industry is unique because it is constantly changing and evolving and encouraging more consumption.
In addition to emitting greenhouse gasses, fabric dyes pollute water sources, affecting aquatic habitats and potential drinking water. Additionally, clothing items such as jeans are made using synthetic materials, which reduces recyclability and further increases the environmental impact factor. Overall, it is important to consider the effects of your fashion choices on the environment and how your decision to follow a new fashion trend every season may be contributing to the ever-increasing effects of climate change.