Second only to the oil industry, fashion is now the largest source of pollution on the planet. The manufacturing of textiles can take up to 200 tons of fresh water per ton of dyed fabric, so inevitably there is a vast amount of wastewater produced as a result of the process.

According to the World Bank, dyeing and treatment of garments make up roughly 17-20% of all industrial water pollution. Chemicals are used in almost every step of the process, from fibre production, dyeing, bleaching, and the wet processing of each garment.

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