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5 Unfashionable Facts

5 Unfashionable Facts


5 Unfashionable Facts - infographic - Uncompromised

  1. According to the UN, fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world.1
  2. Four of the five worst fabrics for the environment come from animals - leather, silk, wool and alpaca wool (the other is conventional cotton). 2
  3. Almost all of the alternatives are made with plastic - it’s now in 72% of our clothes3 - and making them uses 330 million barrels of crude oil every year.4
  4. The biggest problem with plastic is also the smallest.  Every time we wear or wash clothes with plastic in them, we release microplastics.  Clothing is the largest source of primary microplastic pollution5 dumping the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles into the oceans every year.6
  5. Many of these microplastics don’t stay there.  They make it into the air, rain, freshwater, the food chain and, ultimately, into us.  They’ve even been found in unborn babies.7

1 UN. UN launches drive to highlight environmental cost of staying fashionable
2 PETA. Why vegan fashion is always the more sustainable option
3 Sustainable Fashion.Earth (2019). Synthetic fibres used in 72% of clothing items can sit in landfills for 200 years
4 Common Objective. Fibre briefing: Polyester
5 Fashion Revolution. Our clothes shed microfibres - here's what we can do
6 Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Report: A new textiles economy
7 The Guardian. Microplastics revealed in the placentas of unborn babies