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“Why do I feel so strongly that fashion is a pivotal industry to get right? Firstly because it is a full spectrum industry. It extends from the farmers that grow cotton to the women beading in ateliers, it encompasses millions of people from agriculture to the creative marketing and selling. It is also dependent on the animal kingdom and some of the most fragile ecosystems on Earth. …

“Today, approximately 80 billion garments are produced new every year. Imagine all the resources that this requires. To make our clothes we need water (between 11,000 and 20,000 liters of water are needed to produce enough textile for one pair of jeans). From oil for synthetic fibers, to energy for textile production and dye for color; we are dependent on multifarious resources at a time when these resources are being degraded at unprecedented speed.

“Fast fashion has been a huge part of this, as we all became voracious consumers caught up in an unsustainable churn of clothes, micro-trends and disposability. … But where all these clothes go? As consumers, we seem to worship at the altar of ‘wear-it-today, chuck-it-tomorrow’ fast-fashion mentality. But short-term thinking inevitably has a later cost…”

—Livia Firth, co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge and creative director of Eco Age, writing in the Huffington Post on why the fashion industry should be part of climate-change talks.