Sustainable Fashion is the new cool.
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!
In February 2021, we held our first sustainable fashion speaker event, with more than 40 people attending to learn more about the movement and find out how they can begin to get involved. We were delighted to have Miriam Adcock from Zero Waste Scotland, Siobhan McKenna from ReJean Denim and Mairi Lowe from Sustainable Fashion Scotland present at our event, with lots of wonderful questions and discussions during the session.