Shop Collaboré is based in California and with the recent wildfire devastation reaching up the entire West Coast, we felt now would be an appropriate time to discuss global warming and how the fashion industry contributes.
By most estimates, the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions, more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. These CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions come from the various production processes of raw materials including cotton and textile production, fabric dying, sewing and transport of fashion products. Polyester and other synthetic fabrics emit even more harmful gases that can be 300 times as potent as CO2. To add, most of the fashion industry’s production occurs in China, India, and other Asian nations that mainly use coal for production. The burning of coal and other fossil fuels are the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions and the incline of global temperature.
When greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere they trap heat and act like a blanket, making the earth a higher temperature than normal. The chart below from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association demonstrates how much the average temperature in California has increased each year since 1950. A 5 degree difference may seem small, but overall it’s a very large difference and we see the results through increasing environmental disasters. The wildfires in the Western United States seemingly get far worse every year, with this year breaking a record of millions of acres burned. Hurricanes are also attributed to global warming, as the warmer ocean temperatures increase their intensity. Even the current health pandemic could be worsened because of the adverse effects of smoke in the atmosphere.
Our goal is to encourage our community to buy consciously and empower a responsible relationship between brands, consumers, and the planet. We are committed to helping make a cleaner environment.