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.
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).
3 The textile industry continues to search for an economical solution to decolorize the nearly 200 billion liters of colored effluent produced annually.
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.
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).
6 The US may be releasing over 64,000 pounds of tiny synthetic clothing fibers into the water every day.
7 An estimated 250 million children ages 5 to 14 are forced to work in sweatshops in developing countries.
8 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester.
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.