Problem

Textile industry is also accused of being one of the most polluting industry. Not only production but consumption of textiles also produce waste (it is estimated that in Croatia alone we produce 135 000 tonns of textile wast annualy).

Clothing that can take hundreds of years to decompose. It’s an alarming situation that’s growing bigger and uglier every day.  

When clothing isn’t recycled, it means more and more has to be produced and that means more and more pollution for all of us. Take cotton. The production of cotton destroys farmland and pollutes waterways. In fact, 22.5% of all agricultural insecticides and 10% of all pesticides used each year go into cotton farming.  It may be hard to believe, but the production of just one cotton t-shirt requires one-third of a pound of pesticides. Yikes! What’s more, pesticides enter our ground water and streams affecting birds, bees, animals, the farm workers who have to work with them and eventually all of us.

Just as bad, the dyes, most of which contain heavy metals, are known to be harmful as well. Think that’s all?  It’s not.

Synthetic polyesters and nylon aren’t any better or safer. They’re made from petrochemicals, a byproduct of oil refining which increases our need and reliance on oil and increases harmful pollution which affects us all.

It would be the best to stop right there...