To address the Clothing Industry’s Climate Problems, Philanthropy Needs To Get In Fashion Op-Ed by Lewis Perkinsin The Chronicle of Philanthropy By Lewis Perkins | May 3, 2022
With billionaires grabbing headlines for their enormous donations and pledges, philanthropy is in fashion. But philanthropy isn’t in fashion — that is, the multitrillion-dollar clothing industry and the innumerable environmental and social problems it causes.
This blind spot is dangerous for the planet and for people. If philanthropic leaders are serious about addressing the climate crisis, they need to start thinking more about the clothes on their backs.
Consider that more than 100 billion garments are made each year, and humanity’s appetite for clothing is expected to nearly triple by 2050. Worldwide, 92 million tons of clothing — the equivalent of 15 Great Pyramids — head to landfills annually, and less than 15 percent is recycled. Fashion alone contributes 2 to 8 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and creates 20 percent of the world’s water waste. (more) READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE