Product Processes emit CO2 and other greenhouse gases which pollute our atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Nearly half of the ready to wear products Americans buy are manufactured in china where the textile industry emits 3 billion tons of soot each year, which is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels. Soot particles are inhaled and can lead to cancer, heart attacks, and even death.
I didn't fully understand the massive role the fast fashion industry was playing in the environmental crisis that's been happening for a long time, until I began doing the research. According to the Business Insider, fashion production comprises over 10% of total global carbon emissions. It's also the 2nd largest industry consumer of water, requiring 2,000 gallons of water to produce one pair of jeans and after that process is completed, the polluted water from dying is dumped into our water ways. The fast fashion industry is also known for using synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon, & acrylic which can takes hundreds of years to biodegrade while bombarding our landfills. Learn more about the environmental impact on our sustainability page.
On top of the harsh impact on our environment, people are slaving for a low & sometime free wage. Child labor is one large issue, especially in developing countries where children are kidnapped off the streets and forced to work in abusive environments with little or no food & water. The emotional documentary The Price of Free, goes in depth on how this industry is making billions of dollars of children. On top of that, most of the items made illegally by these children are shipped here to the United States where we purchase for a ton more, unaware of where or how they are made.
Learning about such pressing issues was the main reason I started Atomic Sierra. I wanted to spread the word about the fast fashion industry and it's harmful impact on our environment and people's lives but also creating products that empowered women. We support our planet and environment by making all of our products out of recycled materials & plants, and by making all of our products here in the United States while paying our workings a living wage with benefits.
I hope this article gives you more insight into why the products from your favorite brands are so cheap and abundant. Start today in supporting our environment & our people by purchasing from ethical & sustainable companies, no matter the industry. Do your research and find out where and how your products are being made. We can make a difference if we all work together to make small changes that can lead to positive change.