Sustainability and the Fashion Industry: The Ethics of Your Closet


sustainability and the fashion industry


When it comes to sustainability, our minds are often pulled to how much gas our cars gobble up or remembering to bring along a reusable bag to fill with fruits and veggies at the grocery store. Something that doesn’t get enough attention, however, is one of sustainability’s worst offenders—the fashion industry.

Fashion contributes to over 5 percent of global carbon emissions and is responsible for over 92 million tons of waste per year. But it seems that nowadays, nearly anything we do contributes to the degradation of the planet. Can we lessen our impact on the earth without sacrificing looking cute?

You betcha. Let’s keep going to see why sustainable fashion is critical and how you can make the switch to the ethical fashion tribe.

Environmental Concerns of Fashion


While we adore the array of outfits filling our bursting-at-the-seams closets, many of us don’t know what happens when we get rid of our worn garments and just how long some materials stick around. While fashion manufacturers have doubled in production in the last 15 years, they’re also making unprecedented quantities of waste, much of this due to the poor quality of cheaply made clothing that rips or tears after a few wears. 73 percent of dispelled clothing will be burned or buried in a landfill, and with 80 billion cheap, inferior garments created each year, that’s a lot of stuff piling up or harming our atmosphere, never to be used again.

Around 12 percent of tossed out clothing gets collected for recycling, often shredded to make insulative material or used to stuff mattresses. Only 1 percent of discarded material is used to make new apparel!

But it’s not only the cheap clothes that have come under (literal) fire. It was discovered that fashion empire Burberry incinerated $40 million worth of never-worn garments in an effort to keep their brand exclusive and their stock limited (and more valuable). Since their secret was unearthed, they’ve since changed their ways, but it doesn’t bring the miles of quality pants, dresses, coats, and more back from the dead. And Burberry wasn’t alone—this debacle brought to light that many behemoths in the industry were up to the same thing.



How Long Are My Yoga Pants Going to Stick Around?



Let’s face it—yoga pants are the best woman’s apparel invention since… well, we can’t think of anything better. These buttery-soft, shapely, cozy leggings emerged into the athletic and fashion world with a zing and aren’t going anywhere. But our favorite garments happen to be chasms of microplastics and synthetic microfibers that are poisoning our oceans and lands and contaminating our seafood.

Materials like polyester, one of the most common elements of fashion and yoga pants, are non-biodegradable fabrics that take hundreds of years to return their harmless, natural state. In some cases, a pair of yoga pants will take 500-800 years to break down.

A Sustainable Alternative: Aura7 Activewear


Aura7 Activewear a sustainable, eco-friendly activewear brand working hard to source the most environmentally friendly fabrics, tags, packaging, and more to give women an option of stylish garments that are both sexy and sustainable.

We’re trying to rewire the fashion world, and Aura7 Activewear’s aim is to serve as a model for future fashion generations and promote healthy, active living while contributing to a flourishing planet.

 

Live sexy and sustainably with our new collection, made from recycled fishing nets. Follow us on social -- Insty, Facebook, and Twitter -- and visit our website for ethically-made activewear.