How Bad Are Synthetics?
The data is staggering. It’s important to be aware of how bad synthetic materials and bad quality clothes are for our planet. In the clip above from the episode, a model walks out wearing a dress made from plastics, equivalent to a 100% synthetic material dress off the shelf. (synthetic = polyester, viscose rayon, acrylic, nylon, spandex, etc.)
We took a few of the data points in the episode and transcribed them below...
"In 2015, textile production created more greenhouse gases than international flights and maritime shipping combined."
- Sarah Butler, Guardian
"Synthetic fabrics made from oil like polyester, nylon, and spandex are the worst offenders using nearly 342 million barrels of oil a year."
- EMF, A New Textiles Economy
"In the 1980s, the average American bought about 12 new articles of clothing every year. Today that’s closer to 68 new pieces a year."
- NPR, Fashionopolis
"The average American now throws away 80 pounds of clothes a year. Of all the fabric used for clothing, 87% ends up incinerated or in a landfill."
- Alden Wicker, Newsweek
"Just by wearing clothes for 9 months longer, our carbon footprint can be reduced by 30%. If instead of buying a new clothing item this year we continued wearing a high quality long lasting one, it could save nearly 6 pounds of CO2 emissions. That's equivalent to removing half a million cars off the road per person per year."
- Christine Ro, BBC