Water and Fashion:
What's the connection?
The global demand for clothing is projected to rise by approximately 63% through 2030. The textile industry is responsible for polluting rivers and groundwater, as well as diverting enormous amounts of fresh water for irrigation purposes.1
Only 2.5% of our water resources are actually fresh water,2 and more than 40% of the planet’s population suffers from water scarcity.3 In other words, more than 840 million people still lack basic access to clean drinking water.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, “worldwide, it is estimated that industry is responsible for dumping 300–500 million tons of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge and other waste into waters each year.”4
300–500 million tons of chemicals dumped each year into waters
global clothing demand will rise 63% through 2030 – that’s 500 billion tees
840 million lack access of clean water