The Facts

  • In just a single year, 1,245,000 tons of clothing was purchased in the UK. That is equivalent to 38 pounds per individual.
  • The global fashion industry’s worth is estimated to be $2.5 trillion and the top 8 companies make more than a billion dollars in a year.
  • Leather and textile emits approximately 82 million metric tons of GHG.
  • In Ethiopia, the minimum living wage is $110 monthly while the base wage of a garment worker there is $26 a month.
  • Most managers are men and they prefer to hire women believing that they are meek. They believe that women are willing to work more hours despite having little pay.
  • Making 1 t-shirt takes approximately 450 liters of water. This is more than 2 years’ of drinking water for one individual.
  • Clothes made with non-biodegradable fabrics will sit in landfills for up to 200 years.

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