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Measuring Fashion's Ecological Footprint

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Key Takeaways
  • This data digest offers details on current and near-future ecological impacts - water and oil consumption, CO2 emissions, chemical use, waste, and biodiversity loss.
  • Fashion's consumption of resources - especially water and oil - is projected to double by 2030.
  • Unchecked, such patterns could leave some countries facing tough choices between using resource to meet human need or supply the industry. 
  • Sources include: Pulse Report, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, various sector bodies and academic research. 

Fashion clearly has an outsized impact on the planet. Industry processes from cultivation of raw materials to fabric and garment manufacturing, related activities such as transport and logistics, and consumer usage from washing to discarding items - all these stages adversely affect the environment. 

Quantifying fashion's ecological footprint in a definitive way is difficult as different data sources present different parameters. It is nonetheless a worthwhile task as it gives a sobering pictu…

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