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Human Rights Violation

Human Rights Violation
45.8 million 1

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1 The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people are living in modern slavery, many of whom are working in the supply chains of brands and retailers.

Human Rights Violation
45.8 million 1

Carbon Emissions

Carbon Emissions
706 billion 2

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2 Over 706 billion kilograms of greenhouse gas can be attributed to polyester production for use in textiles in 2015 (based on the current marketplace, estimating that 80% of polyester production goes into textile and including both textile yarn and staple fibers, which are the primary types of polyester produced).

Carbon Emissions
706 billion 2

Water Pollution

Water Pollution
200 billion 3

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3 The textile industry continues to search for an economical solution to decolorize the nearly 200 billion liters of colored effluent produced annually.

Water Pollution
200 billion 3

Overconsumption

Overconsumption
150 billion 4

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4 In 2010, the global apparel industry produced more than 150 billion garments, enough to provide more than twenty new articles of clothing to every person on the planet.

Overconsumption
150 billion 4

Economic Slavery

Economic Slavery
5300 BDT 5

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5 Currently, garment workers in Bangladesh are paid an average monthly wage of BDT 5300 (USD 68), which is below the national poverty line of BDT 6336 (USD 78) — significantly below the living wage of BDT 7360 (USD 92).

Economic Slavery
5300 BDT 5

Marine Life Endangerment
Marine Life Endangerment
64 thousand 6

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6 The US may be releasing over 64,000 pounds of tiny synthetic clothing fibers into the water every day.

Marine Life Endangerment
64 thousand 6

Child Labor

Child Labor
250 million 7

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7 An estimated 250 million children ages 5 to 14 are forced to work in sweatshops in developing countries.

Child Labor
250 million 7

Resource Depletion

Resource Depletion
70 million 8

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8 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester.

Resource Depletion
70 million 8

Non-biodegradable Waste

Non-biodegradable Waste
11 million 9

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9 11 million tons of textile waste from the US alone. Most of this waste is non-biodegradable, sitting in landfills for 200 years or more while releasing harmful gases.

Non-biodegradable Waste
11 million 9

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