According to Government statistics back in 2012, Hong Kong threw away 293 tonnes of textiles every single day. That's nearly 107,000 tonnes for the whole year. Less than 5% of that was recycled, and none was recycled here in Hong Kong.
This left us to think: What environmental impacts are brought upon by the fashion industry, especially with the emergence of low-cost and unsustainable fast fashion? Fast fashion greatly affects our environment, as lots of water, energy and chemicals are involved in the production process of a fashion item. Throwing away an item after several times of wearing it means that all these resources are following it to the dumps.
This leads us to the idea of sustainable fashion.
According to Wikipedia, sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability. The goal of this is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility.
There are different perspectives involved in sustainable fashion, such as the materials, manufacture and recycling of fashion pieces.
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