It's never been more important for brands and their consumers to embrace sustainable fashion and, thankfully, many high-end brands are striving to make greener choices. From Stella McCartney, who is attending this year’s COP26 and just released a sustainable shoe collection, to Burberry and Patagonia, who have been designing garments with sustainable aftercare in mind, there are more options for eco-friendly buyers than ever.
That being said, the fashion industry continues to be the second most polluting industry on the planet, with oil production taking pride of place at the top of the list. And at this year’s 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which brings countries together to negotiate key components to mitigate climate change globally, the fashion sector is a hot-button issue.
Here are five shocking facts discussed at COP26 about the consequences of today’s fashion industry that we should educate ourselves on now: