The impact of fast fashion on the planet is devastating and far-reaching, with millions of tonnes of clothes being thrown into landfill annually. Across the world, the equivalent of a garbage truck load of clothes is burnt or buried in landfill every second. You read that right — every second. In Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, 67 kilograms of clothing per person is discarded into landfill each year.
Up to 85 per cent of textiles go into landfills each year — enough to fill the Sydney Harbour annually. And there are a further 500,000 tons of microfibers released into the ocean each year just from washing clothes alone. Make no mistake — waste is a design flaw.
Apart from the waste it creates, fashion is also highly resource-intensive, with clothing manufacturers relying heavily on water, energy, raw materials, and chemicals to produce their wares, all of which have a significant negative impact on the environment.
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