Following petroleum, between garment factories, pesticide use, excessive textile waste, and greater consumer demand, the fashion industry is one of the top five greatest polluting industries to the Earth. With major fast fashion brands who have the ability to produce low quality, low priced clothes at high volume, we are seeing harmful short-term and long-term effects on the people and planet behind it all. But fast fashion isn't only to blame. Worldwide consumption has increased by 400% over the last two decades, while 1/3 of textile waste ends up in landfills. 

To know why it's important to take a stand shifting fast fashion to sustainable, here a few statistics to better paint the industry impact.



25% of chemicals produced worldwide are used for textiles

Cotton represents more than 50% of total fiber used to make clothing today

  • More than 90% of this cotton is genetically modified 

Nonorganic cotton production is responsible for 18% of worldwide pesticide use and 25% of total insecticide use

It requires 2,000 liters of water to make 1 kilo of nonorganic cotton = 1 t-shirt and 1 pair of jeans

  • 1 pair of jeans = 1,800 gallons of water

The leather tanning process is among the most toxic in all fashion supply chain



1-in-6 people work in the global fashion industry

Majority of garment workers are women earning less than $3 a day ages 18-24 years old

There are 40 Million garment factory workers in the world

97% of America’s clothing production is outsourced

250,000 Indian Cotton farmers have killed themselves in the last 15 years

  • Partly due to high amounts of debt accrued via genetically modified seed patenting

Leather tannery workers are at 20%-50% greater risk of cancer

Only 10% of donated clothing to charity is sold. The rest is exported to the shores of developing countries.