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The fashion industry emits more carbon than international flights and maritime shipping combined.

Here are the biggest ways it impacts the planet.
  • Fast fashion makes shopping for clothes more affordable, but it comes at an environmental cost.

  • The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’s carbon emissions, is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply, and pollutes the oceans with microplastics.

Some parts of modern life are, at this point, widely known to cause environmental harm – flying overseas, using disposable plastic items, and even driving to and from work, for example. But when it comes to our clothes, the impacts are less obvious.
As consumers worldwide buy more clothes, the growing market for cheap items and new styles is taking a toll on the environment.
    • On average, people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than they did in 2000.

    • Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams.

    • Clothing production has roughly doubled since 2000.

      While people bought 60% more garments in 2014 than in 2000, they only kept the clothes for half as long.

    • A lot of this clothing ends up in the dump. The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second.

    • In total, up to 85% of textiles go into landfills each year. That’s enough to fill the Sydney harbour annually.
If the fashion sector continues on its current trajectory, that share of the carbon budget could jump to 26% by 2050, according to a 2017 report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Washing clothes, meanwhile, releases 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean each year — the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles.
The fashion industry is also the second-largest consumer of water worldwide.
It takes about 700 gallons of water to produce one cotton shirt. That’s enough water for one person to drink at least eight cups per day for three-and-a-half years.
It takes about 2,000 gallons of water to produce a pair of jeans. That’s more than enough for one person to drink eight cups per day for 10 years.
That’s because both the jeans and the shirt are made from a highly water-intensive plant: cotton.
In Uzbekistan, for example, cotton farming used up so much water from the Aral Sea that it dried up after about 50 years. Once one of the world’s four largest lakes, the Aral Sea is now little more than desert and a few small ponds.
Fashion causes water-pollution problems, too. Textile dyeing is the world’s second-largest polluter of water, since the water leftover from the dyeing process is often dumped into ditches, streams, or rivers.
The dyeing process uses enough water to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools each year.
All in all, the fashion industry is responsible for 20% of all industrial water pollution worldwide.
Some apparel companies are starting to buck these trends by joining initiatives to cut back on textile pollution and grow cotton more sustainably.


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Aqaburns products have changed this year and we are taking more responsibility to have less of a carbon footprint that we did before. As you know I have been conscientious about Aqaburns printing methods and waste to landfill. 

Aqaburns products do not use water in the printing process, and everything is custom made to order so that there is no left over stock that would normally go to landfill. Aqaburns products also last a long time and are even swapped among yogis, extending their life beyond one customer. 

Being in the fashion industry I have heard some terrible rumours that fashion luxury brands are lying to the press and the public about not sending their unsold stock to landfill.

As of January 2020, Aqaburns will no longer be using manufacturers in China, because I have no customers in China.

Also Aqaburns will not be selling to customers who do not live in the regions that I manufacture products.

From now on only customers in the EU and North America will be able to buy Aqaburns with Free Shipping. To discourage customers in countries outside these areas, because of the fuel miles involved, shipping will be $25.

There is one exception to this and that is Aqaburns Ambassadors, who have shown enormous loyalty over the last 3 years and I will be showing the same loyalty back to them. Ambassadors purchases will all be free shipping, no matter where they live.

These steps are big for Aqaburns and mean less sales, as does not holding stock or selling on Amazon. I have taken all these decisions to show that I am serious about climate change awareness and our need to make changes to the way we live.

On a personal level I have planted thousands of trees, which have all so far survived the fires in Australia. The first 100 trees are now fully grown and giving back to the environment.

This is the land I bought and planted the forests on in 2006.

This is the first forest that was planted in 2006.