The truth is fashion is bad for the environment fashion production makes up 10% of humanity's carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams. What's more, 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year. And washing some types of clothes sends thousands of bits of plastic into the ocean.
Our mission is to be a green outdoor clothing and equipment brand
Stitch & Simon customers love the great outdoors, nature, and getting out in the fresh air. They find it relaxing, refreshing, and essential as part of their well-being and enjoyment of life. However many outdoor clothing and equipment companies force them to buy products that harm the environment which actually contradicts their passion for nature. We are actively working towards eco-friendly sustainable products that proudly bear our bull logo and our patented camouflage designs
People buy 80 billion garments around the world every year
Fast fashion is getting faster: US shoppers buy five times more clothing than they did in 1980, around 80 billion pieces according to Dana Thomas’s new book Fashionopolis. That’s on average 68 items per person per year. In the UK, we buy more clothes than any other country in Europe.
Polyester takes more than 200 years to decompose
Fast fashion is produced and consumed quickly – but hangs around in our environment for two centuries. So polyester is the source of serious plastic pollution especially considering the enormous amounts of fashion dumped or burned.
What are eco-friendly clothes made from?
Eco-friendly clothing is often made of fibers like organic cotton, hemp, soy, bamboo, wool, and silk, as well as recycled fibres. Cotton is a plant-based natural fibre that is used in a large proportion of clothes today for its absorbency, durability, and intrinsic softness.
What clothing is environmentally friendly?
Generally, natural fabrics like organic cotton and linen (made from plants) and Tencel (made from sustainable wood pulp) are more sustainable than man-made fabrics like Polyester and Nylon (which are petroleum-based and take hundreds of years to biodegrade).
Why is eco-friendly clothing important?
Eco-friendly fabrics are softer, stronger and will last you for years. In fact, sustainable clothing guarantees you won't have to continue buying new clothes all the time. Buying from the most popular clothing brands that manufacture overseas gives you no guarantee that the clothes you buy are quality.
Fashion and greenhouse gases
The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions.
The global fashion industry is generating a lot of greenhouse gases due to the energy used during its production, manufacturing, and transportation of the millions of garments purchased each year.
Synthetic fibers (polyester, acrylic, nylon, etc.), used in the majority of our clothes, are made from fossil fuel, making production much more energy-intensive than with natural fibers.
The fashion industry needs to change
The fashion industry needs to fundamentally change in order to mitigate the environmental impact of fast fashion, experts have said.
Clothes rental, better recycling processes, pollution control technology, and the innovative use of offcuts are among measures that could help, they said.
The researchers produced a report – published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment – into the environmental cost of the industry, and how it needs to change to deal with some of the many associated problems.
While the figures are debated, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has calculated the fashion industry produces 10% of global carbon dioxide emissions every year, while it is estimated to use around 1.5 trillion litres of water annually. Meanwhile, concerns have been rising about pollution, from chemical waste to microplastics.