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Apparel industry needs to clean up its act


The global apparel and textile industryis responsible for water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and landfill.

The fashion industry contributes more than ten percent to global emissions.Fast fashion – the continual delivery of new styles at very low prices – has led to a big increase in the quantity of clothes produced and thrown away.Around 50 billion new garments were manufactured in 2000, and in just 20 years, the figure has doubled. But the recycling rate of these garments remains less than one percent.Policymakers, scientists and activists have been urging the sector to adopt a science-based approach to reduce massive water, fiber and energy consumption to become sustainable.

COP 26 is one of the most important summits, where world leaders come from all over the world to accelerate action towards the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement and the 1994 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. COP26 has set four prime goals, where the first goal is to secure global net-zero emissions by mid-century and keep the global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees celsius, in line with the Paris Agreement.The apparel industry can play a real and effective role with the collaboration and partnership of brands and buyers to reach COP26’s goal.