why is sustainable fashion worth attention?

The True Cost

Definition of sustainable fashion

Environmental

Talking about environmental concern, let’s divide it into 2 parts:
during manufacturing and after it. Manufacturing process leads to dyed/ chemical-processed water waste, abundant water consumption, CO2 emission, pesticides usage, etc. After we bought our clothes, one washing cycle of polyester cloth can generate and release over 700K microplastics into the ocean. And non-biodegradable cloth can take up to 200 years to break down.

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Social

Apart from the instinct linkage between the word sustainability and environment, social responsibility is another big pillow of this topic. Cloth is necessary to our life, but none of us want to pay 10USD less in the cost of another human being’s life. While this issue is not at all easy to solve, there are things that we can do. Blockchain can be one of the solutions and some brands worth an applause for their dedication in the issue.

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How serious is it?

Fashion industry was responsible for 4% of total greenhouse-gas emissions globally. In the other words, the industry emits the same amount of GHG as the entire economies of France, Germany, and the UK combined.

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Sustainable Composition

Organic Cotton — Sustainable Score: 9/10

Pros: Natural fiber, no pesticides or chemical, biodegradable

Lenzing — Sustainable Score: 9/10

Pros: Natural fiber, biodegradable, anti-bacterial, consume less water

Hemp — Sustainable Score: 9/10

Pros: Natural fiber, no chemical process required, biodegradable, anti-bacterial, consume less water

Linen — Sustainable Score: 8/10

Pros: Natural fiber, no chemical process required, biodegradable, anti-bacterial

Silk— Sustainable Score: 8/10

Pros: Natural fiber, biodegradable, consume less water

Viscose/Rayon — Sustainable Score: 6-8/10

Pros: Natural origins, biodegradable, consume less water, affordable

Cotton — Sustainable Score: 7/10

Pros: Natural fibers, no chemical processing, biodegradable,

Non-sustainable Composition

Polyester — Sustainable Score: 1/10

Pros: require less water, easy to care for, affordable

Nylon — Sustainable Score: 1/10

Pros: Require less water, affordable

In conclusion

Just like all social movements, we realized something injustice from the pain of a tragedy. Apart from grief, we should put our words into action.

About the Author

Gary Leung is a Data Scientist in Fashion Industry.

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Leung Kai Tung

Leung Kai Tung

Data Scientist in High Fashion | On a mission to make the world a better place with data and technology