You may have heard the words climate change mentioned, but how do they relate to you? The fact is that we all have an effect on climate change as we live our lives today. Even the clothes that you choose to wear could have an adverse effect on the environment around you.
To understand why this is the case, you need to know what climate change is. You also need to understand how much of an issue it is, how the fashion industry has contributed and the changes that the fashion industry is making.
What is climate change?
Climate change refers to the fact that the average surface temperatures of the earth are rising. Experts, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), believe that the main cause of climate change is the use of fossil fuels which release greenhouse cases, including carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. We are all contributing to the issue of climate change.
How is the fashion industry involved?
Chances are that you have never thought about climate change when buying a new outfit, but the truth is that the fashion industry has been one of the biggest contributors to the problem over the years. It has a long supply chain which involves complicated processes that have traditionally been damaging to the environment. These processes have been responsible for emitting more greenhouse gases than all international flights and journeys by sea.
This is starting to change. The fashion industry has produced a charter for climate action which has received support form many big names across the industry, including Stella McCartney, Burberry, Adidas and H&M Group. These are all signatories to the charter which is aimed at forcing the fashion industry to re-think its processes.
If you love fashion, you should pay attention to these developments and make sure that your choices are as environmentally friendly as possible. We all have a shared responsibility to take care of the planet for today and for the generations that will follow us. This responsibility is likely to change the face of fashion for good.