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1.According to Fashion Revolution, “150 billion items of clothing are delivered out of factories annually yet Americans alone throw away approximately 14 million tonnes of garments each year, that’s over 36 kg per person. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84% of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator.”
2. According to The True Cost, Americans discard 82 pounds of textile waste a year, only about 10% of what's donated gets sold in thrift stores. That adds up to around 11 million tons of textile waste from the U.S. alone.
3. The Collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, a garment factory that made clothes for some popular Western wold brands, killed 1,138 people and injured another 2,500 were injured.
4.Fashion Revolution reports, “A century ago, we spent more than half our money on food and clothes, today we spend less than a fifth. As a society we purchase 400% more clothing today than we did just 20 years ago.”
5.According to the War on Want, “The majority of garment workers in Bangladesh earn little more than the minimum wage, set at 3,000 taka a month (approximately £25), far below what is considered a living wage, calculated at 5,000 taka a month (approximately £45), which would be the minimum required to provide a family with shelter, food and education.”
6.According to The True Cost, “More than 90% of that cotton is now genetically modified, using vast amounts of water as well as chemicals. Cotton production is now responsible for 18% of worldwide pesticide use and 25% of total insecticide use. The largely untested impacts of these chemicals on both the land and human health are beginning to be questioned by those working in the industry. As our skin is the largest organ, these chemicals are passed into the bloodstream of the people wearing these clothes.”
7.In the mid-1960s, 95 percent of America’s clothes were made domestically, whereas, today, 97 percent are made abroad. (True Cost)
8.Fashion—a $2.5 trillion sector—is the second most polluting industry on Earth, right behind oil. (True Cost)