We often think of our clothes using water when they’re in the washing machine. Yet washing our clothes represents only one of the many ways our clothes connect to our water supply. In fact, the fashion industry is both a major consumer and a major polluter of water. In the face of a changing climate, and growing water constraints around the world, we think it’s time to bring the impacts of clothing on our water supply into sharp view. Let’s look closely at three ways in which our wardrobes and our waters are linked.
*Polyester everywhere: synthetic microfibers in our oceans
*Dyes in our drinking water
*Cotton: a natural fiber that pollutes water
*Building a water conscious wardrobe