The fashion industry is the often quoted as being the second most polluting industry in the world. In 2015 alone, an estimated 50 million tons of polyester (a petroleum product) was produced. Growing cotton often involves the use of pesticides, herbicides, oil powered machinery, and can also be a large carbon emitter. These all are very damaging to the environment, and this is just the production of the materials used to create the fabric, then used to create the actual clothes. Another environmental issue associated with fashion is dyes used in clothes. Most of these dyes have many chemicals in them that are often not properly disposed of. The Citarum River in Indonesia is one of the most polluted rivers in the world, mainly due to the hundreds of textile industrial facilities on the Upper Citarum producing textiles with many chemicals that are then dumped into the river. The fashion industry and its consumers today are continuously supporting this environmental destruction by continuing to purchase clothes that are created while polluting the environment.
citarum river with chemical pollutants
chemicals being deposited into a river