A number of fashion brands are trying to be sustainable when it comes to their use of plastics. We use up to 1 million plastics bags every minute. Worldwide, approximately 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year, and of these 8 million tons, up to 236.000 tons are microplastics. Recycled plastics usually end up in the textile industry and polyester, acrylic and nylon make up approximately 60% of our clothing. However, every time we wash out clothes, microplastic fibers are released, which end up in sewers and subsequently in our oceans.
Strategic plastic options for fashion brands:
- Developing and using biodegradable fibers that can degrade quickly
- Stop using newly manufactured plastics and use recycled plastics
- Use ocean plastics (plastic waste collected from the oceans)
- Use of plastic made from biomass