The story of a garment – inside your wardrobe
This feather down long coat is made in China. All most of components are polyester and feather.
N. D. (2012) and Stark (2011) point out that “China is the major hub of the international textile industry.” However, most of the fashion industries will emit variety pollution to the environment during the process, such as water, chemicals, and air. Currently, more and more fashion companies decide built the industries in the developing countries because they do not have more law to forbid the pollution. Therefore, these countries have serious and different pollution in many places. Finally, China government tries to decrease the pollutions and control the industries’ development.
Baugh (2008), Lee (2009) and Kalliala and Nousiainen(1999) point out that polyester is a kind of man-made fabrics, it is constituted two types of polymer polyethylene which has the poisonous will pollute the air. It also pollutes the water when the products process it will create some chemicals to emit to the river or sea. This pollution also cause people disease which will hurt the heart, lungs, liver and skin, especially the workers and the people live near the fashion industries.
Tiff (2013) illustrates that almost leather contains the chrome which cannot resolve, it is a kind of waste. Furthermore, after dyeing the leather, these variety chemicals prints will pollute the soil and ground water, it also damage the workers’ health if they do not have any protect in the process. In fact, the heavy metals, chromium which has been known to contaminate the water.
To sum up for all information, both the fashion companies and the people have responsibilities to decrease the pollution for the environment in the society. About the companies, they need to select the recycle materials to create the fabrics and textiles which will not have more pollution during the process. After that, companies should develop new skills to deal with the pollution before they emit to the water, river and sea. It can reduce the pollution the pollution in the environment. Then all companies must provide the information about their process and what kinds of fabrics and textiles they choose to make the clothes for people. In the other side, people need to purchase the clothes which are not produce in the developing countries. It can help these countries to protect their environment without much pollution. Next, people should learn some acknowledges about the normal composition of fabrics and textiles which will create more pollution or can lessen the pollution in the daily life. Finally, people can refuse to buy the products which produce by illegal companies to reduce the pollution and defend the environment because they have their rights to supervise all companies.
- Baugh, G. (2008). Polyester V.S. Cotton – which is better for the environment? [Online]. Available from: http://www.udel.edu/fiber/issue2/responsibility/
- Figure 2: N. D. (2012). Top clothing brands linked to water pollution scandal in China. [Weblog]. Chinadialogue, 10th Sep. Available from: https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/5203-Top-clothing-brands-linked-to-water-pollution-scandal-in-China/en [Accessed 10/09/12].
- Kalliala, M. E., and Nousiainen, P. (1999). Life cycle assessment – environmental profile of cotton and polyester – cotton fabrics. AUTEX Research Journal. 1(1).
- Lee, M. (2009). What’s the most sustainable fabrics. Ecologist, 6th February. Available from: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/clothing/268798/whats_the_most_sustainable_fabric.html [Accessed 06/02/09].
- N. D. (2012). Top clothing brands linked to water pollution scandal in China. [Weblog]. Chinadialogue, 10th Sep. Available from: https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/5203-Top-clothing-brands-linked-to-water-pollution-scandal-in-China/en [Accessed 10/09/12].
- Stark. T. (2011). Stop making China suffer toxic pollution for Western fashion. Ecologist, 15th Sep. Available from: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/other_comments/1053117/stop_making_china_suffer_toxic_pollution_for_western_fashion.html [Accessed 15/09/11].
- Tiff (2013). Leather, what’s ethical and what’s not? [Weblog]. Tiff, 25th March. Available from: http://tiff.uk.com/must-read-2/ [Accessed 25/03/13].