We all love buying clothes and trying new popular trends. But have you ever thought about the following questions:
Where all that clothing goes after you’re done with it?
Those new clothes that don’t get sold in the first place?
Every dollar we spent on fashion will become a negative affect to our earth?
Before we start, let's take a look at the video below
Our fashion footprint on earth
Let’s come to an attention that around 85% of textile thrown away in the U.S. are dumped into landfills or burned, including unused textiles and unsold clothes. And that’s only counting the U.S. To give you an idea of how big the global textile waste crisis is.
Even if we tried to recycle all of our old clothes, it’s important to acknowledge that a lot of these textiles (about 60% of them) are not recyclable in the first place, which is why they end up in landfills or burned. Synthetic fibers are major material that produce apparels. About 57% of footwear and 64% of apparel is made from synthetic materials. And synthetic materials are made from plastics. Plastics come from oil. Oil is a fossil fuel that’s accelerating climate change.
Why it matter to us
The fashion industry is responsible for roughly 10% of all global carbon emissions and is the world second worst offender in terms of water and plastic pollution. Our clothes are eventually contributing to the microplastic pollution in our oceans which harming marine life and contributing to climate change.
Humans are emitting far too much carbon into the atmosphere, and it’s destabilizing Earth’s climate. The signals from earth are clear: bush fires in Australia, the worm crisis in Africa and etc., and it is going worse.
In particular, Tuvalu is suffering from one of the challenge of climate change - sea level rise. On 8th November, the foreign minister of Tuvalu stood at a lectern and delivered a speech to COP26 in the knee-deep sea, addressing “Tuvalu is sinking!”. Can we imagine a place where we live for generations is disappearing under foreseeable circumstances? But now, the people of Tuvalu are experiencing it, witnessing their home drowning.
We need to acknowledge that we can still save the planet, but we have to work fast, and work together! We must cut global carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. To achieve this, we must live more “zero-waste” and a more “sustainable” way in start supporting eco-friendly manufacturers. It's also time for clothing manufacturers to start doing their part, end their wasteful practices and stop destroying overstock clothing.
How we do it
We believe business must help lead the way. That business not only has the ability to be a part of environmental solutions, but also a moral responsibility to address them.
As a participant of sustainable fashion brand, OGL is committed to using business as a force for good. We always working on building an ethical supply chain that make sustainable products that are plastic free, use environmentally friendly and safe ingredients to build products with high-quality, low-impact and long lasting. At the same time, we are constantly develop for additional ways to reduce our carbon footprint, working with production partners to reduce waste, chemicals, and plastics that endanger our planet’s people and ecosystems.
Let’s save our planet
The consequences of disposing wastes to the environment are commencing, similar to our body, the over consumption on the planet we share are bouncing back to us. It is releasing signals to us by the rise of sea level, ice meltdown in Arctic and so much more. But yet not everyone has notice it. As a member of this planet, our goals are always become a environmental friendly enterprise and we are hard at working at it. We are proud to say that our material are bio-degradable and we have reduce the use of plastic bags replace by our plastic free soluble packing bag. However, our influence is limited. We must work together to protect our beautiful earth.