A study done by a UK-registered charity found out that every second, one garbage truck of textiles is dumped or burned. The industry is also responsible for 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in landfills each year as per the Copenhagen Fashion Summit report. They are also the second-biggest consumer of water. For every cotton T shirt, 2,700 litres of water are used and the industry also produces 20% of global water waste. They will also use up 25% of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. Puneet Chawla, Founder of Jaypore says that environmental pollution can be avoided if Retailers should focus on quality and not quantity, he emphasises. Many popular brands like Zara, H&M, Hidesign, etc. have stopped using plastic for quite some time.
Textile conversationalist Madhu Jain has come up with using sustainable textiles. She introduced the the first-of-its-kind 'Bamboo Silk Ikat'. She says that it is biodegradable, eco-friendly, non-toxic and pocket-friendly and since India is the second largest producer of bamboo, it will also provide employment opportunities and there will never be a scarcity. Unfortunately, sustainable fashion is only a part of corporate social responsibility arm of fashion companies and is not a part of the design department.
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