Governments, the private sector, farmers, academia, civil society and individuals need to work together to address global water challenges. We need to produce more food and other essential agricultural commodities with less water, while ensuring water is distributed equally, our aquatic food systems are preserved, and nobody is left behind.
Together, we can be the change.
The fashion industry plays a crucial role in creating a more sustainable future by taking into account the entire supply chain and life cycle of our garments, while also ensuring decent working conditions for all people involved.
Did you know that natural and organic fibers such as wool, cotton, silk and linen, tend to have a lower energy-intensive production process compared to synthetic fibers like polyester or nylon? Synthetic materials such as polyester and acrylics tend to shed tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in length. When washed, these microfibers generally pass through filtration processes making their way into our water system, ocean, and eventually the food chain.
Companies need to invest in research and innovation to minimize microfiber releases, recycle synthetic fibers such as polyester, avoid harmful chemicals and opt for clean energy. They can also minimize water consumption, for example by finding safe ways to recycle wastewater or source sustainable natural fibers such as cotton that require less water and pesticides to produce.
As a consumer, look out for sustainable labels on clothing. You can purchase pre-loved clothing, thrift, or mend and repair clothes rather than throw them away.
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Urban areas can spark a shift towards greater sustainability that strengthens our communities and environment. Cities that are less wasteful and better connected with the rural areas that sustain them with enough safe, nutritious food.
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