The Environmental Impact of Textile Production

The Environmental Impact of Textile Production

Charlie Bradley Ross Sunday, 30 July 2017

This is a 23 minute Lesson that looks at the environmental impacts of textile production, to help you understand what you need to consider when sourcing and using materials for your products.

Did you know that an estimated 20,000 litres of water are required to produce just 1kg of cotton fabric – that’s enough for just one t-shirt and a pair of jeans? Or that an estimated 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used worldwide to turn raw materials into textiles, many of which will be released into freshwater sources? Staggering! 

In this Lesson, we take a look at the jaw-dropping effects that irresponsible fashion production has on our planet. Once you have the knowledge, you can empower yourself to make more informed decisions on the best textiles to choose for your products.

In this Lesson, we cover:

  • Water Pollution
  • Soil and Air Pollution
  • Natural Resources and Carbon Footprint

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