Textile & Clothing
Create a Eco-Friendly Clothing.
Clothing is a big part of everyone’s life. It is a way to express how one one is feeling or what their personality is like.
Clothing & Textiles
Clothing & Textiles is about the design, manufacture and marketing of clothing and footwear and other textile products.
Studying in this area includes learning about fabrics and other materials and about weaving, dyeing, printing, pattern-making, sewing, washing, etc.
This area is also about the history, sociology and economics of clothing and textiles, as well as their characteristics and functions.
What we Do
Everyone has different preferences and fashion senses but does everyone know
how their clothes affect the environment?
As consumers worldwide buy more clothes, the growing market for cheap items and new styles is taking a toll on the environment.
Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams.
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.
A lot of this clothing ends up in the dump. The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second.
It’s now become an obvious tag that everything humans do will affect the environment. It is an unfortunate chase for sustainability that doesn’t have just one clear starting point.
Did you know that clothes use water to be made? And not just a little bit, clothes use 93 billion cubic meters of water every single year.
Do You Know?
Which clothings use the most amount of water? Read on to find out!
1) Jeans at 10,000 L:
Use your jeans as much as you can because just one pair of these blue pants can cost the earth up to 10,000 litres of fresh water. This is especially because jeans are made of cotton, which already is a lot of water. And the dyeing is done with water to give it that famous denim look.
2) T-shirts at 27,000 L:
That’s right, hold on to that old t-shirt you were about to throw away and remember that it took 27,000 litres of water just to make that one shirt. This is because cotton is so hard to grow and takes months of proper care to produce cotton and even then, one plant is never enough, it takes acres of land to make just a few shirts. Not to mention the dyeing process which uses water to color it evenly.
In general, cotton requires around 94 billion cubic metres of water when calculated right from the beginning. This equals out to more than 4 percent of freshwater withdrawal worldwide.
Hemp is the most versatile plant on the earth that is ranked on eco friendliness. Cotton is a better alternative for clothing that doesn’t harm the environment for making clothes.
Bamboo is also used to make clothes that can be an alternative to use. There are clothing manufactured with polyester and acrylic too, which promote lesser usage of water.
Leather is used in clothing that uses the skin of animals such as sheep and cow, yet it is eco-friendly when it comes to the usage of water. The above mentioned materials such as hemp, bamboo and leather are not harmful to the environment when disposed to the soil.
Instead of using these large amounts of water, there are several eco-friendly methods to practice.
Plasma technique, Enzymatic finishing, Nanotechnology and Microencapsulation are also very good processes for giving eco-friendly finishes. With the increase in the pollution, the environment related problems are increasing day by day. And the textile industry holds a major position in this environmental pollution. So, it is a moral duty of every individual to adapt such technologies that imparts in the well-being of environment which in turn will be the well-being of living organisms too.
Content by Ashwini and Indira Priya Darsini G
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