Fashion plays a major role in the global economy however it is also one of the most resource-intensive industries in the world. The sad fact is that the human greed to look appealing and wear glamorous clothes has ended up causing harm to the environment. Surveys show that nearly 5 % of all landfill space is consumed by textile waste. Besides, 20% of all freshwater pollution is made by textile treatment and dyeing. According to a recent report, the textile industry emits more greenhouse gas emissions than international shipping and aviation combined. And the amount of waste the industry generates, as well as how much water and resources it uses, is increasing. Fabric fragments shed from cheap, disposable clothes, often during washing, are clogging the seas.
As scientists warn that we have only a few years to halt irreversible environmental damage – and fashion continues to be a key contributor – there is an urgent need to focus on Sustainable Fashion.
“Sustainable fashion refers to clothing that is designed, manufactured, distributed, and used in ways that are environmentally friendly. It refers to clothing made in ways that value social welfare and worker rights.“
Realizing the need of raising future generations of empathetic, social conscious problem solvers equipped with 21st-century skills I collaborated with four other teachers Ms Shaifu Khurana from Delhi, Mrs Seema Singh from Varanasi, Mrs Deepa Mohan from Tamil Nadu and Mrs Pawan Dubey from Bhopal and started a project “Sustainable Fashion- We Fashion For Zero Waste” for students from age group 10-13 years. We made a team and named our team as Power Puff Techies (as we all were females).Continue reading