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UNEP

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United Nations Environmental Program

The United Nations Environment Programme is responsible for coordinating responses to environmental issues within the United Nations system. It was established by Maurice Strong, its first director, after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in June 1972.

Mitigating Textile Waste: A Step Closer to Fashion Sustainability

The fashion industry stands as one of the most significant contributors of global waste. Currently, the so-called “fast fashion” industry uses high volumes of non-renewable resources, including petroleum which are massively extracted to produce fabrics that transform into clothes, blankets, and towels that we use daily. Through social media, large retail companies are promoting overconsumption through fast fashion, but the disastrous societal and environmental effects are yet to be published enough. Oftentimes, apparels are used for a short amount of time, but little has the knowledge that it takes more than 200 years for these waste to decompose in a landfill.

Rampant consumerism becomes a common practice, especially in middle class countries where buying power of most citizens are middle to less. This has created a new problem of promoting sustainability as means to mitigate current concerning levels of worldwide textile waste. High demand of the fashion industry puts pressure on valuable resources such as water, creates societal impacts on a global scale, and degrades the world’s ecosystem. As an integral shareholder in mitigating environmental problems, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) delegates are encouraged, in all means, to pursue a step closer towards an enlightenment on mitigating textile waste in the means of achieving global fashion sustainability.