Let’s start with the facts:
- The global textile industry is one of the largest polluters in the world, second only to oil.
- Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of textiles, buying an average of 27 kilograms of new clothing and other textiles each year (Read more about that here)
- Standard cotton crops use more pesticides than any other commercially grown crop in the world according to The World Counts
- A basic polyester and cotton blend polo top can last up to 200 years in landfill. Yes, you read that correctly: 1 polo = 200 years.
So, if we now calculate all the school shirts, dresses, jumpers, shorts, trousers, blazers, sportswear and polos, made from virgin polyester and traditional cotton which are discarded after their useful lives have ended – that’s a lot of school uniforms accumulating in landfill which could take centuries to break down and have harmed the environment at every stage before they got there.
We know high turnover garments lead to the depletion of the earth’s resources. While school uniforms can last for years, they are still taxing natural resources and polluting landfill and the planet.
But we’re saying no more. With your help, we can change uniforms for the better.
Image to the right – The War on Waste’s pile of clothing was erected in Martin Place to demonstrate just how much clothing is thrown into landfills in Australia every 10 minutes. (Image Source: The ABC’s ‘War on Waste’)
What are we doing to change this?
Eco-Uniforms™ is driving school uniforms towards a more sustainable future.
To book your Eco-Uniforms presentation and to find out how we can make your uniforms more sustainable register today by completing the form below.