Your Clothing Isn’t as Sustainable as You Think

Meghan French Dunbar July 4, 2015

68 POUNDS: The amount of clothing that the average American discards each year, 85% of which ends up in landfills or incinerators. 4%: The percentage of global landfills that are filled with clothing and textiles. 700 GALLONS: The amount of water it takes to produce a single cotton T-shirt. 2.6%: The percentage of global water used for growing cotton. 99%: The estimated percentage of used clothing that is recyclable. 17-20%: The estimated percentage of industrial water pollution that comes from textile dyeing and treatment. 8,000: The estimated number of synthetic chemicals that are used worldwide to turn raw materials into textiles. 60,000,000: The estimated number of people who work in the fashion industry worldwide.

68 POUNDS

The amount of clothing that the average American discards each year, 85% of which ends up in landfills or incinerators.

4%

The percentage of global landfills that are filled with clothing and textiles.

700 GALLONS

The amount of water it takes to produce a single cotton T-shirt.

2.6%

The percentage of global water used for growing cotton.

99%

The estimated percentage of used clothing that is recyclable.

17-20%

The estimated percentage of industrial water pollution that comes from textile dyeing and treatment.

8,000

The estimated number of synthetic chemicals that are used worldwide to turn raw materials into textiles.

60,000,000

The estimated number of people who work in the fashion industry worldwide.

Social Entrepreneurship / Stakeholder Capitalism
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