New shocking facts about the impact of fast fashion on our climate

New shocking facts about the impact of fast fashion on our climate

Our planet is in serious trouble and our nation’s addiction to new clothes is doing more harm than you may think

 

It’s estimated that more than two tonnes of clothing are bought each minute in the UK, more than any other country in Europe.
That amount produces nearly 50 tonnes of carbon emissions – the same as driving 162,000 miles in a car.

Buying just one white cotton shirt produces the same amount of emissions as driving 35 miles in a car.

New research by Oxfam shows just how polluting the UK’s consumption of new clothes really is. In one month alone, the carbon footprint of new clothes bought in the UK was greater than flying a plane around the world 900 times. This is the same amount of carbon emissions the nation could save if we all took part in Second Hand September.

Earlier this year, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg stood up in front of world leaders at Davos to deliver a chilling wake up call. “We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people.”

16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg - oxfam second hand september
Greta sparked a wake-up call across the globe demanding drastic change to save our planet and in turn, ourselves. We’re all feeling the effects of the climate emergency, but it is not affecting us all equally.

The world’s poorest people have contributed the least to the climate crisis, yet are suffering the full force of its impacts – increased flooding, droughts and storms destroying lives, homes, jobs, livestock and crops.

When Greta said, “our house is on fire” she wasn’t wrong. We are seeing unprecedented wild fires spreading across the Amazon rainforest, the lungs of our planet, producing 20% of the world’s oxygen. Greenland’s ice sheet is melting so fast it has caused global sea levels to rise 0.5mm in just one month.

Farmers like Hudan in Ethiopia are having to adapt in a drastically warming world to months without rainfall. Our planet is in serious trouble.

But things could be different. As Greta pointed out “The main solution is so simple that even a small child can understand. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Obvious actions stand out – flying less, driving less, taking more public transport. But how about buying fewer new clothes? With the global textile industry producing more greenhouse gas emissions than international aviation and shipping combined – it could be a more important change than we think.

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Greta Thunbergs (SWE) at the Annual Meeting 2019 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 25, 2019. Congress Cenre. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico

WATCH: Second Hand September at Glastonbury

WATCH: Second Hand September at Glastonbury

Whether you bagged tickets to Worthy Farm or watched from the comfort of your living room – Glastonbury is one of the biggest moments of the summer. And where thousands of people pledged to help people and planet.

 

Glastonbury 2019 was a scorcher. And whilst it was fun in the sun – the soaring temperatures were a stark reminder of why this world-famous festival had put a huge emphasis on sustainability. And why we took our Second Hand September campaign to Worthy Farm.

We’re facing a climate emergency. Yet the global textile industry that make and produce our clothes is proving more polluting than aviation and shipping combined – creating 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Saying no to new clothes for 30 days is just one, easy way to be more planet-friendly and help reduce your carbon footprint. So our amazing campaigners were out in force meeting fun-loving festival-goers, thousands of you joined Second hand September and our festival shops were buzzing with second hand steals.
 

Together we’re bringing down the demand for new by reusing, rewearing and recycling clothes. And that’s amazing.

 

 

 

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