Growing cotton is extremely water-intensive, as it is one of the “thirstiest” crops
The actual processing of textiles (turning them from a raw material into a fabric) also uses immense amounts of water, and creates pollution.
The main source of water pollution in the clothing production process is the “wet-processing” stage. After cotton has been spun and woven into fabric, it is wet-processed, in which the fabric is dyed, printed, and finished. Not only is this process water-intensive, but it also pollutes water.
It’s estimated that around 20% of all global water pollution comes from the dyeing of textiles.
Studies show that 35% of microplastics found in the ocean result from washing clothes made of synthetic material
When you wash your polyester clothing (such as athletic clothing), small pieces of the fabric enter the wash water, and eventually make their way into the ocean
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