A single t-shirt takes around 700 gallons of water to produce (equivalent to 2.5 years of water an average person drinks), chemicals in colour dyes get leaked into water streams, billion pounds of textile waste every year go to landfills in United States alone coupled with poor conditions in factories dotted across developing countries, the true cost of fashion is undoubtedly hard to measure but inevitably unsustainable.
Closer to home, the only landfill in Singapore, the Semakau island, is estimated to be running at full capacity by 2035 if we continue at this rate of discarding waste. In the clothes we wear, synthetic plastic fibres such as polyester releases microplastics with every wash and these fibres run the risk of marine pollution.
The choice of the consumer is tangible and we need to rethink the impact of our fashion decisions.
We still love fashion, it gives us the voice visually but let us be the reformed shopper that supports the survival of our planet by not creating “new”.