Clothing production is responsible for up to a fifth of industrial water pollution. Combined, apparel and footwear production are responsible for approximately 8.1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Apparel alone accounts for 6.7 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and 215 billion cubic meters of freshwater withdrawal for the production of clothing. That’s more water than there is in Lake Tahoe. If the industry continues its current pace of accelerating production, its greenhouse gas emissions will increase 49 percent from 2016 levels and freshwater withdrawal will increase 39 percent by 2030.
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