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Measuring Fashion's Ecological Footprint

Fashion's ecological footprint is big. Just how big is hard to gauge but fashion is damaging the planet - right now.

First Published 08.06.2018 - Updated 17.12.2021

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  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 worth…

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