Its World Health Day today, a day of awareness and discussion led by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO is a organisation that works to direct international health efforts within the United Nations system, helping spread awareness of significant issues facing global health. For 71 years, since 1948, the WHO has contributed to public health all over the planet. They made significant efforts in the eradication of serious diseases like smallpox and polio and today they help shape research agendas, provide leadership on health issues and assess health trends. Their work is varied and significant, providing key guidance to governments and individuals on their health choices.
In recent years growing attention has been focused on the effects of air pollution to our health. Pollution hangs above our roads, our cities and even our schools. The negative health effects of this are wide ranging, from asthma to increased cancer risk. By 2050 the fashion industry could contribute over a quarter of the world’s carbon budget and this World Health Day we want to talk about fashion’s impact and what we can do to reduce it.
Currently, the fashion industry is responsible for 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year, a staggering amount that makes it one of the most polluting industries on the planet. Large fast fashion factories in China are often run on coal and this contributes to the emissions of each garment.
As is often the case, the volume that mass production demands is too high to be sustainable, creating vast levels of waste and pollution. We need to shift from large to small scale production and focus on the local. We love to work with brands that put pride in their communities. While developing community can help to reduce emissions it can also help other health issues that the WHO has focused on in the past.
Diarte use exclusively Italian yarns, manufactured locally. Arkitaip source and produce all their linen in Europe so you can be sure that your clothes haven’t racked up millions of air miles while Troo use local factories and develop long term relationships with their workers.
We’re all about stories like these at the Honest Department and we believe that we can change the way the fashion industry works to be more mindful towards the planet. This World Health Day we’re committed to supporting a fashion industry that doesn’t jeopardise the health of anybody and infact works to help preserve our earth for future generations.