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How does your consumption affect the environment?
- It takes an average of 8,000 liters of water to make a single pair of cotton jeans. This corresponds to roughly 50 well-filled bathtubs.
- Carbon dioxide emissions from textile production are 1.2 billion tonnes each year. That is more than the combined emissions from all air traffic and all traffic at sea.
- Synthetic clothing (for example polyester) accounts for microplastic emissions into the oceans equivalent to more than 50 billion plastic bottles each year.
- A T-shirt that is recycled saves 13.5 bathtubs filled with water as well as carbon dioxide and chemicals that both damage the environment and also those who work in production.
- In the last 15 years, clothing production has almost doubled. This is due to a growing middle class globally. In addition, a garment is used today on average 36 percent fewer times than 15 years ago.
- If development in the fashion industry continues at the current rate, it will account for a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emission budget in 2050.