B IS FOR BIODIVERSITY
The clothes you wear have an impact on the planet’s fragile ecosystem in sometimes unfathomable ways. Take a cotton T-shirt, for instance. If you traced the cotton fibre back to the field where it was grown, you may discover the soil has been stripped of its nutrients and farmed to death – literally.
Biodiversity encompasses the extraordinary variety of life on earth, all 8.7 million species of animals, plants and fungi. Each species plays a fundamental role within their ecosystem. Every life is intertwined; as a plant grows and dies, it supports countless other species. This vast web is intricate and irreplaceable, yet often ignored.
FASHION ENVIRONMENT CHANGE is an A-Z of the many ways the fashion industry impacts climate change and harms the environment. We know that clothing production doubled between 2000-2014 and the industry’s increasing reliance on fossil fuel-based polyester means that it is used in 60% of our garments. We examine the impact that the associated use of energy, water, pesticides, and chemicals is having on the environment. We take a moment to consider the complex issues and to suggest easy actions and ways we can all be the change. If you haven’t already ordered yours, you can make a difference by buying a copy by clicking the link in our bio.
Illustration by @artistandpug
Words by @siennalula