Environmental reasons to buy pre-loved

Depletion of resources

 

The fashion industry is the second largest user of water in the world.The ever-thirsty cotton plant takes over 30,000 litres to create 1 kg of cotton. 1 cotton shirt uses approximately 2,700 litres of water.
 
Synthetic fabrics are used primarily in the clothing industry, some examples of which include, polyester, acrylic, and nylon, rayon, spandex, and kevlar. 
The chemicals used to make the fibers are sodium hydroxide and carbon di-sulphide, which are derived from coal, oil, or natural gas, all non-renewable resources. These fabrics take enourmous amounts of energy to produce and are overloading our landfills due to their non-biodegradable nature.

Damage to the enviroment

 

Fashion leaves a pollution footprint, with each step of the clothing life cycle generating potential environmental and occupational hazards.

 

  • 150 grams of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are used to produce the cotton for just one t-shirt.

  • Sheep, alpaca, llamas and other wool-bearing animalscontribute to the production of methane gas, a major greenhouse gas. 

  • An estimated 17 to 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment.

  •  Conventional cotton farming alone consumes more that 25% of global pesticides and fertilizers.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

 

There are multiple environmental and other benefits associated with recycling clothing.
 

  • Clothing and household textiles, make up almost 5 percent of the total garbage in landfills. Yet about 99 percent of what is thrown away can be recycled.

  • Over 90 million items of clothing end up in land fill sites globally each year.

  • Buying pre loved clothing often means you recieve much better value for money.

  • Second-hand perusing ensures your money stays in the community where it can benefit local businesses and charities.

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