Urgent Challenges for a Sustainable Future
When we think about fashion and our use of plastic, we often overlook the impact they have on our health and our planet. Both industries have left a concerning mark on our environment, and unless we take steps to increase sustainability in their production and management, this is likely to worsen.
According to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world, responsible for 20% of global water pollution and 30% of plastic waste in the oceans.
Each year, we produce around 400 million tons of plastic waste, and according to a report from the World Economic Forum, global production is expected to double by 2050. This means that around 1.124 billion tons will be produced annually, and by that date, the oceans will contain about 250 million tons of plastic. This implies there will be more plastic than fish in the water, and about 50 kg of plastic per meter of coastline worldwide.
Our goal in recycling plastic bottles is to make use of the material by producing recycled PET fibers that are transformed into sustainable clothing. This helps prevent these plastics from ending up in landfills, oceans, or being incinerated. This, in turn, reduces soil, water, and air pollution, contributing to protecting the environment and building a more sustainable future.