Show Top Comments
All clothes, not just the fashion industry
well we are all sweaty redditors who only change clothes like twice a week so obviously this message isnt for us /s
FTA regarding microplastics:
>Washing clothes, meanwhile, releases 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean each year — the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles.
>Many of those fibers are polyester, a plastic found in an estimated 60% of garments. Producing polyester releases two to three times more carbon emissions than cotton, and polyester does not break down in the ocean.
>A 2017 report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated that 35% of all microplastics — very small pieces of plastic that never biodegrade — in the ocean came from the laundering of synthetic textiles like polyester.
>Overall, microplastics are estimated to compose up to 31% of plastic pollution in the ocean.
Another thing I’m not seeing mentioned much is tha a lot of people justify their large wardrobes and frequent apparel purchases by stating that they donate whatever they dont use anymore. What ends up happening is thrift conglomerates end up acquiring a large surplus of clothing, which they ship to African countries to be “sorted”. In reality they are deposited into large unregulated landfills that produce a significant amount of methane as the plastics in those clothes degrade. Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2, so yeah.
Edit: this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t donate your old clothes. Some companies now also have clothes buyback options, which have shown to be more effective in recycling clothing than donation to some large thrift conglomerates. Just be informed and try not to buy fresh clothes every week, because that is both expensive for you and the environment.
Buy LESS shit.