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How Fashion Impacts Climate Change

Climate change affects almost every academic major because it has to do with our environmental surroundings. As a fashion major the climate is a very important factor regarding what trends and styles to release as well as being conscience of how certain production processes can impact the climate.

According to sources the fashion industry was responsible for 1.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide in 2015. The impact of this is that the climate is getting warmer and it is harming the environment. Additionally, in the year of 2014, the production of polyester was responsible for about 40% of total fashion industry CO2 emissions in 2014. On estimate, around two-thirds of the harmful climate impact over the lifetime of a garment comes from raw materials used to produce that product. Overall about five percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions, comes from the Fashion industry alone and that percentage is set to grow. As upcoming fashion majors we need to figure out what steps need to be taken in order to save the climate rather than harm it further.


It is vital for the fashion industry to become environmentally conscience to reduce the carbon emissions that is harming the climate. One way we can contribute to this is by switching from raw polyester to recycled material such as plastic bottles this can reduce the carbon footprint of polyester by about forty percent. Another way is to recycle old clothing rather than throwing them away and it ultimately ending up in landfills. Another way to help the environment is for fashion industries to run greenhouse gas reports to see what they could cut back on to help the climate. For example the company ASOS cut its electricity use in one warehouse by 76%. This was done by simply substituting their light source with energy-efficient lightbulbs. Sensors that will turn off lights in an empty rooms can help towards this too. These are just some of the numerous ways fashion industries can contribute to saving the climate.

On an end note, this is how the world of fashion is related to climate change. Certain changes in the production process that are cautious to the CO2 levels that are being emitted can really make a difference in the long run.



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