Stop Buying New Clothes. The Earth Is Mad.


Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin. It’s called high fashion, look it up! I think, I don’t know if this is high fashion… Do you like shopping? I’m not a huge fan, but Ronbus here sure
is. And it’s no wonder why, he looks great in
everything! Globally, an estimated 30 million tons of
textiles and clothing are purchased each year., And along their life cycle – from material
production, to manufacturing, to disposal – they generate a lot of pollution. The most commonly used fabric for clothing
is polyester,,, which is a synthetic material made from coal and petroleum and is essentially
non-biodegradable. Annual production of polyester produces around
680 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, which is the equivalent of 185 coal-fired
power plants. Overall, the apparel industry represents 6.7%
of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, which is about 3.3 billion metric tons. The majority coming from dyeing fabrics, spinning
yarn, and producing fibers. For comparison, the transportation industry
accounts for about 15% of the world’s emissions, producing around 4.5 billion metric tons of
greenhouse gases. But emissions is only one part of the apparel
industry’s effect on the environment. Natural fiber crops like cotton, which is
used in about one-third of all textiles, requires a lot of water. For instance, one shirt requires 2,700 liters
of water, enough for one person to live off of for more than 2 years. These thirsty crops have a big impact on surrounding
areas, and in Central Asia, they almost drained the Aral Sea.,, These crops also account for 8 to 10% of global
pesticide use, despite using just 3% of the world’s growable land. These chemicals contaminate groundwater, a
common drinking water source in these communities. Hazardous chemicals from dyes used to color
materials can also leach out into ground water sources. In fact, these textile mills create around
20% of the world’s industrial water pollution. And more pollution accumulates at the very
end of your clothes’ life cycle. According to the US Environmental Protection
Agency, Americans throw away 16 million tons of clothing and textiles each year. The majority of which – 10.5 million tons
– ends up in landfills, while only 2.5 million tons are removed and recycled by the Center
for Textile Recycling., Fast fashion retailers are making this problem
even worse. To increase sales, they sell clothes that
are meant to be worn less than 10 times before being discarded., These items are often low
quality and cheap, but allow consumers to keep up with the constantly changing fashion
trends.,, But there are organizations and retailers
that are trying to combat the waste and pollution created by the clothing industry. Some retailers are implementing a sustainable
supply chain, swapping traditional materials for ones made of recycled products or eco-friendly
ones like organic cotton., They are also introducing green practices in manufacturing and distribution,
and making an effort to educate their consumers to shop ethically. And as consumers, there are ways we can help
too. We can shop at stores following sustainable
practices, buy less clothes or more durable items, and, of course, recycle.,,, So what’s stores do you shop at, and how
often do you think you buy clothes? Let me know in the comment section below,
or tell me what should I talk about next! Curious to know the benefits of staying in
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had relatively fewer symptoms of depression, but only in some economic scenarios.” As always my name is Blocko! This has been Life Noggin! Don’t forget to keep on thinking.

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