In my first blog post I gave a little insight into the dark side of the fashion industry. Now, here are some interesting statistics that dig a little deeper and help put things in perspective:
- There are around 40 million garment workers around the globe today.
- 97% of clothing we buy in America is made in another country.
- Around 85% of all garment workers are women.
- Global Fashion brands are a 2+ trillion dollar a year industry
- In Bangladesh, there are an estimated 1 million children garment workers from the ages of 10-14.
This doesn't just have a large effect on people, it also impacts our severely environment.
- Every year the world consumes about 8 billion new pieces of clothing
- The average American produces about 80 pounds of textile waste every year.
- The U.S alone produces around 11 million tons of textile waste.
- Cotton (which is one of the most used fiber for clothing) is responsible for 18% of the word's pesticide use, and 25% of the world's insecticide use.
- Tannery workers (leather factory) are at a far greater risk of cancer (between 20-50%)
*First Blog Post http://cophilosophy.blogspot.com/2015/11/you-are-what-youwear-8-morgan-massey.html