Fast Fashion Facts
August 16, 2016
In case I haven’t managed to convince you that you should be choosing slow fashion over fast fashion, I’ve pulled together some facts on fast fashion which may help to convince you to give up your fast fashion addiction.
- It is estimated that we make 400 billion m2 of textiles annually, 60 billion m2 is cutting room floor waste
- It is estimated that 80 billion items of clothing are delivered out of factories annually worldwide
- Around 350,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK each year
- 5% of discarded clothing can be recycled or upcycled
- The average British woman hoards £285 of clothes they will never wear. That’s £30 billion of unworn clothes
- The US is estimated to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes worn for one night
- Clothing consumption produces 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per household per year. The equivalent of 6000 cars.
- It takes 2,720 litres of water to make a t-shirt. That’s the equivalent of 3 years drinking water.
- A typical pair of blue jeans consumes 919 gallons of water during its life cycle
- Cotton farming uses 22.5% of the world’s insecticides and 10% of all pesticides.
- Between 75-80% of our clothing’s lifecycle impact comes from washing and drying
- 80% of garment workers are women
- In Guangdong in China, young women face 150 hours of overtime each month, 60% have no contract, 90% have no access to social insurance
- A survey of 219 fashion brands found that only 12% could demonstrate any action at all towards paying wages to garment workers above the legal minimum
- In Bangladesh garment, workers earn £44 per month – just 1/4 of a living wage