Sustainable Fashion 4 Cause

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How the fashion and clothing industries inflict damage on the environment and endanger human rights through promoting the unsustainable use of cotton.

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Sustainable Fashion 4 Cause

  1. 1. Sustainable Fashion
  2. 2. What Are You Wearing? <ul><li>Check the tag: it’s probably not organic </li></ul><ul><li>Regular cotton has a high impact on the environment </li></ul><ul><li>10% of the world’s pesticides and 23% of the world’s insecticides are used on non-organic cotton </li></ul><ul><li>One cotton t-shirt requires 2000L of water and uses 150g of toxic chemicals. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Organic Cotton Quick Facts <ul><li>Organic cotton doesn’t use chemicals, so water run-off is not toxic. </li></ul><ul><li>It takes about one-third of a pound of pesticides and fertilizers to grow enough non-organic cotton for just one T-shirt. </li></ul><ul><li>25% of the world’s pesticides are used to grow non-organic cotton. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is it? <ul><li>Grown using methods that have a low impact on the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Cotton that is good for farmers, consumers and the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Grown without using synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides </li></ul><ul><li>Used in bathrobes, towels, clothing and stationary. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Other Alternatives <ul><li>Hemp; can replace most toxic petrochemical products. </li></ul><ul><li>Bamboo; strong, durable, soft and a highly renewable, biodegradable grass </li></ul><ul><li>Made from the refined pulp of the bamboo plant. </li></ul><ul><li>Wool or corn fiber are other great eco-friendly garments. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Fair-Trade <ul><li>Guarantees an agreed and stable price for small-scale cotton farmers in developing countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor countries hold 40% of the world’s population, but receive only 3% of the world’s income from trade. Rich countries make up 14% of the world’s population but get 75% of the profit from trade. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Case Study: Uzbekistan <ul><li>Two thirds of the world’s cotton is grown in developing countries and the former Soviet Union </li></ul><ul><li>Uzbekistan is the second largest exporter of cotton in the world </li></ul>
  8. 9. How Can You Help? <ul><li>Recycle your clothing, purchase used second-hand items. </li></ul><ul><li>Donate your clothing to charities instead of throwing it out. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase organic cotton, bamboo etc. clothing . </li></ul><ul><li>Buy fair-trade clothing. </li></ul><ul><li>SPREAD THE WORD! </li></ul>

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