The fast fashion industry is notorious for being one of the biggest contributors to waste. Globally, about 92 million tons of textile waste is created each year. That’s like having a truckload of clothes being burned or dumped into a landfill every single second. And guess where it all ends up?
In third world countries. Unwanted clothes end up polluting these countries’ local water systems while their landfills become so toxic that catastrophic fires will ignite at random.
Anyone who thinks fast fashion is “fun” and “affordable” isn’t thinking about the cost of turning rivers black with waste.
They’re not thinking about the fish and turtles literally being strangled by trash.
They’re not thinking about the people whose eyes burn and lungs hurt from breathing the fumes of the fires.
By 2030, researchers are estimating that more than 134 million tons of clothes will be thrown away annually. (BBC)