Sustainable Fashion & Textiles
Did you know that 4/5th’s of Scotland’s carbon emissions are caused by the heat and energy required to grow, make, process, transport and provide goods and materials? (ZWS, 2021).
In Scotland, at least 118,000 tonnes of clothes and 25,000 tonnes of shoes and bags are bought every single year. Clothing production has approximately doubled worldwide between 2000 and 2015, with consumption of new clothing estimated to be higher in the UK than any other European country.
The total footprint of clothing in use in the UK, including global and territorial emissions, was 26.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2016. Once clothes are in use, impacts on the environment and our climate from washing are high too. The total water footprint of clothing in active use in the UK in 2016, including the water consumed overseas to make our clothes, was 8 billion m³ of water. That’s crazy!