The impact that the various stages of the apparel supply chain have on the environment has long been a matter of heated discussion. We are proud to say that AAPN members have some of the best environmental records in the industry worldwide. This piece, published in Sourcing Journal does, however, make for very interesting reading and is worth a few minutes of your time.
This Study Details How Each Link in the Apparel Supply Chain is Impacting Climate Change
by Tara Donaldson, February 28, 2018
Apparel and footwear manufacturing has always been counted among the environment’s greatest pollutants, but now a new study outlines just how that production is impacting the climate.
Highlighting what it says is apparel’s “major impact” on climate, the study, “Measuring Fashion: Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries,” said combined, the global apparel and footwear industries account for roughly 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
To give that some perspective, “that’s nearly 4 metric gigatons of CO2-eq [carbon dioxide equivalent], almost as much as the total climate impact of the European Union!” according to ClimateWorks Foundation and Quantis, which published the study.
Part of the problem has been over-consumption—a concern some say has been further fueled by fast-fashion’s stamp on the sector.
The average global citizen, according to the study, consumes 11.4 kg (25 pounds) of apparel each year. That translates to 442 kg of CO2 emissions per capita or the same amount it would take to drive a car for 1,500 miles.
Apparel, not surprisingly, makes up the lion’s share of that total, accounting for 83 percent, while footwear contributes to 17 percent of those emissions.
And the situation is only expected to worsen. Read More