Do you think about the clothing and apparel you buy as ‘consuming’ it? For example, you consume a jar of peanut butter and when you get to the bottom of the empty jar, you’ve used its value. Is this the same way you think about a handbag or sweater? Think about the last item of clothing or accessory you purchased. Did you buy it to replace something that was completely worn out and destroyed? Or had you simply replaced something that had fallen out of fashion, something you had simply ‘used up’ in terms of its value. Listen, we love getting new things and keeping up with modern trends in fashion just as much as you do, but perhaps we can take a moment to reflect on the impact that our fashion-sense has on our environment.
Apparel and footwear manufacturing has always been counted among the environment’s greatest pollutants, but now a new study outlines just how that production is impacting the climate. Highlighting what it says is apparel’s “major impact” on climate, the study, “Measuring Fashion: Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries,” said combined, the global apparel and footwear industries account for roughly 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Part of the problem has been over-consumption—a concern some say has been further fueled by fast-fashion’s stamp on the sector.
To read more about this study, click on the link below. It gives great information on the true environmental impact of clothing and apparel.
Here’s a great statement that helps to translate the environmental impact for us:
The average global citizen, according to the study, consumes 11.4 kg (25 pounds) of apparel each year. That translates to 442 kg of CO2 emissions per capita, or the same amount it would take to drive a car for 1,500 miles.
At Metamorphic Gear, we take our environmental impact very seriously. It informs every product we made and every step in our manufacturing chain. We transform materials that are destined for landfill, and transform them into bags and accessories. We use eco-friendly soaps to clean our products and assemble our materials close to our source location which further reduces shipping costs during product manufacturing. At each step of our supply chain, we are always reducing our carbon footprint. We make durable, stylish products while minimizing our negative environmental impact.