Plastics and the Environment

These facts show how unsustainable the fashion industry is

The industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined. Image: Unsplash/Waldemar Brandt

Morgan McFall-Johnsen

Junior Reporter, Science, Business Insider


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Landfill sights all across the world are filled with clothes. Image: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
The Sydney Harbour could be filled twice annually with the textiles sent to landfill waste. Image: REUTERS/David Gray
35% of all microplastics come from the laundering of synthetic textiles like polyester. Image: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters
Microplastic pollution accounts for nearly a third of all ocean plastics. Image: Reuters
The fashion industry is responsible for 1/10 of carbon emissions. Image: Stringer / Reuters
The fashion industry uses vast quantities of water. Image: REUTERS/P. Ravikumar/File Photo
Cotton is highly water intensive. Image: REUTERS/Luc Gnago
Cotton farming used up so much water from the Aral Sea that it dried up after about 50 years Image: NASA
Dying textiles causes lots of water pollution. Image: REUTERS/Jayanta Dey
The dying process. Image: REUTERS/Rafiquar Rahman
A fifth of water pollution comes from the fashion industry. Image: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (Bangladesh Environment Society)

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