You might have heard that we recently launched an eco-textile line with TENCEL Luxe (which will be on sale later this year) but did you know why we decided to pursue this new area of business? One word, impact. With its huge environmental impact through waste, water consumption, chemical use, greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation and rainforest destruction, the fashion industry remains a top polluter. It produces 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions due to its long supply chains and energy intensive production. Clothing represents more than 60% of the total textiles used globally and in the last 15 years, clothing production has approximately doubled. Specifically, textiles matter and we want to be part of making a positive difference in this area.
It is hard to imagine living in a world without them. Nearly everyone, everywhere comes into contact with textiles all the time, and they create a huge environmental impact in the world. Fibers form the basis of the fashion industry – without fibers we have no textiles, and without textiles we have no fashion industry. The global eco fiber market size is growing, with natural eco fibers the second largest segment – accounting for 22.6% of the global market. We tried to make sense of this and created the following infographic to help people find out more about how significant the textile industry is. Take a look and let us know your thoughts…