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Can Fashion Stop Climate Change?

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Key Takeaways
  • Limiting the damage from climate change requires cutting net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, and every industry has a part to play
  • The fashion industry is responsible for around 5% of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions, and that percentage is set to grow
  • Most emissions come from raw materials, so improving the way we produce polyester and cotton could have a huge impact
  • Challenging the current fast fashion ethos of the industry is going to be essential in the fight against global warming

Fashion: is it a dirty word? Although it doesn’t have the reputation of, say, the oil industry, it is making a sizeable contribution to warming the planet – the fashion industry was responsible for 1.7 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2015, according to the Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report (to put things in perspective, that’s only slightly less than Russia). 

The fashion industry produced almost 5% of manmade CO2 emissions in 2015 – more than aviation and shipping combined.  

And we n…

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William Petty

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