What we wear has been a significant aspect of our life for many centuries. Clothes have developed from merely serving to protect our bodies to indicators of culture, profession, and even social standing, as well as more recently, a form of self-expression. As a result, fashion has a profound impact on everyone on the planet; we might even refer to it as our second skin.
Fast fashion has made fashion more broadly available and more affordable than ever before, both thanks to industrialization. The fashion business is now one of the most polluting in the world, nevertheless. In addition to being the second-largest consumer of water in the world, the fashion industry also contributes 10% of our carbon emissions.
Environmental degradation and climate change are topics that are becoming more well-known recently. As a result, sustainable fashion has been expanding in the market and demonstrating to the rest of the world that sustainability doesn’t have to be sacrificed for fashion. There are many things we can do to remain trendy while being ethical, from choosing eco-friendly textiles to rediscovering the proper way to wash our clothes.
Today, clothing frequently contains synthetic fibres. Why is obvious: They are less expensive, easier to clean, and store. Additionally, they could last for an excessively long time. The great majority of synthetic fibres we use every day are made of plastic, making them non-biodegradable and possibly hazardous to the environment. These fibres include rayon, nylon, pleather (synthetic leather), and polyester. Ritu Kumar’s Banaras Revival Programme, Anita Dongre’s partnership with NGOs (like the Self-Employed Woman Association) supporting independent groups of artisans, Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s Save the Sari Project, etc. are a few notable examples of hand loom revival initiatives by Indian fashion designers. International use of conventional, sustainably produced fabric can significantly alter attitudes and raise awareness.