The problem with Filthy Fashion

The fashion industry has a problem. Underneath the glitz and glamour of sylish clothing lies a hidden secret: the fashion industry is responsible for almost 10% of global climate emissions. We'll let that sink in for a moment and frame the climate problem in another way. If the fashion industry were a country, it'd be the fourth largest climate polluter on the planet, just behind the European Union.

Filthy fashion's pollution problem is vast. Just how vast? Up to 90% of the industry's climate pollution lies in its global supply chain networks, including manufacturing products in factories and mills and shipping goods across the world. Many of these factories are in places like China, Vietnam, and Bangladesh where coal is still a primary source of energy. From its toxic air pollution to climate impact, burning coal is an outdated and deadly energy source.

Filthy Fashion's deadly impact

In April 2018 we released the report, "Too Deadly to Wear: Levi’s Pollution, the Booming Fashion Industry, and its Role in Deaths from Air Pollution and Climate Change." While Levi's has since then outlined ambitious climate commitments, the report's findings on the fashion industry's impact still remains. The fashion industry is responsible for as many as 38,000 climate change deaths a year. Want to learn more? You can check out the report here.

Cleaning up the fashion industry is an international endeavor that requires the cooperation of governments and corporations alike.