Fashion is one of the most polluting industries globally.
The fashion industry accounts for up to 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions, more than what is generated by international flights and maritime shipping combined, according to the United Nations Environment Programme.
Additionally, it contributes to 1/5 of the 300 million tons of plastic produced annually worldwide. Polyester, a type of petroleum-based plastic, has surpassed cotton as a cornerstone of textile production.
It is estimated that in 2015, the textile and clothing industry used 79 billion cubic meters of water globally, while in 2017, the water demand for the entire European Union's economy amounted to 266 billion cubic meters.
Source: Euroleather 2020.