It takes about 1500 gallons of water to produce enough cotton for 1 pair of jeans
Look for denim that uses water recycling plants at the production facilities
Look for denim that uses more eco-friendly fibers, such as lyocel, linen, or recycled fabrics.
PollutionWaste water is also a major issue with processing denim
After denim has gone through the washing process, toxic sludge is left and disposed of in unethical and unsustianble ways
They say in China you can tell the next trendy colour by looking at what colour the rivers are
A lot of greenhouse gasses are generated when going through the production, manufacturing, and transportation stages of a jean’s lifecycle
How do we fix this?Buy brands that are disposing of waste in a humane manner such as turning old sludge into bricks that can be used for homes
Buy brands that have clean energy running their production facility
Chemicals and ToxicityChemicals are one of the main components of our clothes
Heavy use of chemicals causes massive freshwater and ocean pollution, as well as soil degradation, which poses great threat to global food security
Many claim to pay the ‘minimum legal wage’ but what does this even mean?
The minimum legal working wage in developing countries represents 1/5 to 1/2 of the living wage, meaning the bare mnimum someone requires for basic needs such as food and shelter
Working HoursGarment workers are often forced to work 14-16 hour days, 7 days a week
During peak seasons, workers might work until 3 a.m. trying to meet brands’ deadlines
Basic wages are too low for them to refuse, besides the fact that they might get fired for refusing overtime
In some cases, overtime is not even paid at all
Health and SafetyGarment workers tend to work with no ventilation, breathing in toxic substances, inhaling fiber dust or blasted sand in unsafe buildings
Accidents, fires, injuries and disease happen very often in textile production facilities
On top of this, many workers face verbal and physical abuse
Forced Labor168 million children in the world are forced to work
Because the fasion industry requires low-skill laborous jobs, child labor is particularly common in this industry
Many cases of forced labor are also found along the supply chain
For example, Uzbekistan’s government forces 1 million people to leave their regular jobs and harvest cotton during the autumn season, some of which are children taken out of school
What can you do about this?Ask brands “Who made my clothes”
It is important to buy from brands that are transparent throughout the entire production process
If they do not disclose this information to you, chances are they don’t want you to find out what goes on behind those doors
What Needs to Change
You need to think before you purchase and ask yourself:Where was this made?
Who was this made by and what were they paid?
What affect did it’s productions have on this planet?Stop buying from fast fashion giants! You should always be thinking:Buy Less
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