Fashion industry branded ‘second-largest polluter after aviation’

A new survey suggests fast fashion is fast damaging the environment, generating 92 million tonnes of textile waste a year

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The fashion industry is the second-largest source of industrial pollution after aviation.

This is just one of the findings of a new study written by Aalto University design researcher Kirsi Niinimaki, who says fashion accounts for up to 10% of global pollution, generating 92 million tonnes of textile waste per year, consuming 1.5 trillion litres of water annually and contributing approximately 190,000 tonnes of oceanic microplastic pollution.

Research also showed fast fashion, the act of buying more and wearing less, has led to a 'massive level' of consumption, with the UK topping a list of the countries with the highest consumption rate per year, at an astonishing 26.7kg of clothes being purchased per person.

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