Environmental footprint of the Apparel and Textile Industry

Last Modified: Mon Apr 25 2016 07:56:59 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 150 billion
    The number of new clothing items produced each year.
  • 2,500 million
    Pounds of used clothing that end up in landfills each year.
  • 2,100,000 tonnes
    of CO2 emissions produced by the apparel and textile industry each year (second only to the petroleum industry).
  • 70 to 100 million
    The number of trees cut down each year to make cellulose fabrics such as rayon and modal.
  • 10%
    The percentage of the world’s total carbon footprint that comes from the apparel industry. (To put it in perspective, the aviation industry accounts for 2 percent.)