The world is facing an outstanding environmental crisis in the form of global warming. The planet’s average temperature is rising at an alarming rate, having a devastating impact on our environment and on the lives of people all over the world.
One of the main contributors to global warming is the fast fashion industry, which is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions.
One of the ways in which we can help to tackle global warming is by using natural fabrics in the fashion industry. The fast fashion industry consumes 53 million tonnes of fabric annually. There is a wastage of 13 million tonnes of discarded clothes globally. 69% of this discarded clothing are made from synthetic fibres that are not biodegradable.
Now let’s imagine if the consumption remains the same, however the wastage reduces – because natural fabrics have a long life and the wasted material is all biodegradable. Slowly and gradually the carbon footprint through textile / fast fashion will be negligible.
What are Natural Fabrics? And how are they better for the environment than synthetic ones?
Natural fabrics such as Hemp and Bamboo are extremely eco-friendly. Right from the way they are farmed to them being biodegradable once they are disposed of.
Hemp and Bamboo, both are cultivated without the use of any chemical pesticides or fertilizers.
These fabrics are biodegradable, which means that they can break down naturally in the environment without leaving behind any harmful pollutants or residue.
Whereas, synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic are made from petroleum-based products, which are not only non-renewable resources but also release greenhouse gases during their production and disposal.
In addition to being more environmentally friendly, natural fabrics are also healthier for the people who wear them. They are soft and breathable, great for sensitive skin.
They get softer with every wash and hence are more comfortable to wear. Synthetic fabrics are often treated with chemicals that can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions.
Natural fabrics are durable and long-lasting, which means that they can be worn for years without needing to be replaced, reducing the environmental impact of the waste created by fast fashion.
Another advantage of using natural fabrics is that they are often produced using more sustainable farming practices.
For example, Hemp is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
This not only reduces the environmental impact of Hemp production but also improves the health and livelihoods of the farmers who grow it.
By using natural fabrics, consumers can also support local businesses, communities and economies, helping to create a more sustainable future for all.
It is important for everyone to make conscious choices about what they buy, and support.
The fashion industry has the potential to make a significant contribution to the fight against global warming by switching to natural fabrics.
The industry can reduce its carbon footprint, improve the health and well-being of consumers, and support sustainable farming practices.
Consumers also have a role to play by choosing to buy clothes made from natural fabrics, supporting sustainable fashion and helping to create a more sustainable future for all.
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