What You Wear Makes A Difference
Second to oil, the fashion and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. They are responsible for 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in landfills each year. The synthetic materials in clothes do not degrade and cause pollution. They are also the second biggest consumer of water producing of 20 percent of waste water while also generating more greenhouse emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Some countries in the ASEAN region, Philippines in particular, are home to many garment factories. A 2017 survey by YouGov shows that 29% of Filipinos have thrown their clothes away after wearing them just once.
To date, there is no official textile recycling company in the Philippines. H&M and Uniqlo offer recycling services, but still textile recycling in our country is not properly regulated. Fast fashion is more popular than ever. While this has made trendy clothes accessible to most, the true cost of producing clothes cheaply by the millions is borne on our planet. The waste produced by fast fashion is growing larger than we can imagine, and this is one of many problems caused by the desire of brands and consumers to keep up with the latest trends.
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