The fashion industry contributes 10% of all global carbon emissions. Additionally, 300,000 tonnes of clothing are thrown away each year – with 20% going to landfill, and 80% being burnt. Pre-2020, the amount of clothing sent to landfill in the UK equated to a value of around £40 million. What’s more, textile printing has traditionally been incredibly harmful to the environment due to the use of chemicals and dyes, along with the amount of waste generated and garments thrown away during the process. The word ‘traditionally’ is key here. This doesn’t have to be the case. Businesses could establish more environmentally friendly practices – and, indeed, many organisations already are.
The fashion industry has always been strongly influenced by consumer habits and attitudes. And the most recent demand? Sustainability.
65% of us believe the UK government should be prioritisingsustainability, and reducing the impact that the fashion industry has on the environment. Given that Made Smarter focuses on the North, which has such a stronghold in this market, we think it’s never been more important to discuss the issues enveloping the sector. And the answer could lie in digital technologies.
Here, we highlight the environmental and social impact of textile manufacturing. We also go on to explore the role that digital transformation plays in tackling it – as well as its beneficial impact on the bottom line and other areas of business.Made Smarter Textile Manufacturing Guide