11 Dic 2018

BAY STREET BULL – For the fashion industry, going green is the new black

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By Truc Nguyen

The fashion industry has a major sustainability problem. Fortunately, things are starting to change thanks to some major innovations in textile development.


It can take 2,650 litres of water to make a single cotton t-shirt, and the global textile industry produces an astounding 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year. At the other end of the product life-cycle, North Americans send 9.5 million tonnes of clothes to landfill annually, most of which could have been reused or recycled, and some of which is still unworn.

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Each garment from Everlane’s ReNew outerwear and fleece collection is made using 15 to 60 recycled plastic bottles, and Swedish retailer H&M has introduced materials such as Bionic Yarn, a recycled polyester made from recovered shoreline waste, and Econyl, a regenerated nylon made from items including old fishing nets and carpets, into its accessibly priced Conscious Exclusive collection. (The H&M group has also pledged to use only sustainably-sourced or recycled materials for all of their brands by 2030.)

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