“If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money.” Dr. Guy Mc Pherson
Every year millions of dollars are going to waste in used garments only in United States, if we talking about all the world is a scandalous amount of money, consumerism is a global problem the same than pollution.
Our usual clothes are made from 4 basic materials: cotton, wool, silk and synthetic fibers.
Synthetic fibers such as nylon, perle, and lycra are made from petroleum derivatives, and their manufacture generates significant air pollution.
Another example is polyester is a synthetic fiber, the production generates CO2 and other contaminating substances, it consumes large amounts of water and its catalyst is carcinogenic and toxic to humans. When it is washed it gives off fibers that go to the rivers, the sea and the fish that with all those toxics we then ingest. This type of products takes a long time to decompose.
In addition to the contamination and toxicity of the materials we have the problems generated by the fashion industry, that produce 150 million garments annually. Enough to give a wardrobe full of clothes to every habitant of the planet.
It is truly worrying this situation due to the degree of pollution which help to worsen the global warming situation.
The question is what we can do to help our planet?
Here are some recommendations:
Applying the three R (reduce, reuse, recycle) this means buying less garments preferably of better quality, buying second hand and ecological clothes
Promote barter markets and Upcycling also known as supra recycling to create products that have a higher value than the one that had the original material or what is the same that transform waste into valuables.
Recycling more than a decision is a responsibility of every individual living in the planet, we have no another planet to go. A small change in your habits can make a big difference. The generations of the future will be grateful.
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