Did you know the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world?
In fact, it uses up to 100 million tons of non-renewable resources every single year1. That’s why turning to earth-friendly options within the supply chain is incredibly important.
But these days, all kinds of brands are chirping about “sustainability,” “eco-friendliness,” and “all-natural ingredients” – what’re you supposed to believe? At Knickey, we pride ourselves on cutting through the BS and leading with cold hard facts - we’re here to clean up the fashion industry from the inside-out, and we’re happy to tell you exactly how. Read on to learn more about the effects the fashion industry has on the planet and how Knickey is making a difference.
When it comes down to it, the fashion industry is toxic from the get go. Over 8,000 different chemicals are used to produce, dye, and finish the textiles that make up our clothing2. And while some chemicals do not pose a threat to our wellbeing, thousands of key chemicals used in textile production have known effects on both human and environmental health – but are still used regularly by mainstream brands - like published carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Moreover, only a fraction of all textile related substances have actually undergone toxicity testing for safety to work with because the ingredients for many of these chemicals are protected by “trade secrets” and cannot be tested for human safety. Up to 20% of global wastewater is produced by the fashion industry, much of which is not cleaned or treated, impacting drinking and bathing water and entering the local food system, often in some of the world’s poorest communities.
With no synthetic pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers in sight, organic cotton is overall much safer and more regenerative for the earth - in fact, it reduces the chance of soil erosion by up to 90% and the risk of water pollution by 26% compared to conventional cotton! From farm to factory, certified organic cotton reduces water usage by up to 90%!. Lastly, but certainly not least, Knickey only utilizes Oeko-Tex certified dyes and finishes, meaning no toxic chemicals are used in production and end up in your nethers.
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- “A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning Fashion’s Future.” Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017, https://ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/a-new-textiles-economy
- Plell, Andrea, “There are hidden chemicals in our clothing.” Remake, 5 January 2018, https://remake.world/stories/news/there-are-hidden-chemicals-in-our-clothing/.