Many of us will have been raised to be careful with money, and to know a bargain when we see it. As a nation, we love ‘cheap but cheerful’ stores, but have you ever stopped to think about how that new bargain dress that you just bought has impacted the environment? You may be surprised to discover that the fashion industry has a very high impact in terms of pollution, the use of chemicals to treat fabrics and getting through nearly as much water as the agriculture sector.
We really should be examining our thirst for disposable fashion and the effect the textile industry has on the environment, and many people are. What we’re learning about the impact of textiles is sparking a new trend that’s known as ‘sustainable fashion’. As it turns out, green is the new black.