By Lumbiwe Mwanza
The Zambia environmental management agency has observed that the fashion industry is highly contributing to pollution.
The united nations estimates that 10 percent of total global emissions come from the fashion industry, stating that synthetic fibers, which make up at least 60 percent of clothes, are non-biodegradable and sit in landfills for hundreds of years.
ZEMA Director Planning Information And Research Maxwell Nkoya says mass manufacturing of cheap clothing is leading to disposing clothes thereby contributing to greenhouse gases in landfills.
“The trend of buying and disposing is likely to continue, Unfortunately I think now that consumers are used to that level of consumption, what we’re seeing is that it’s not decreasing it’s only continuing to increase,” Mr Nkoya said.
Mr Nkoya explains that the mindset ought to change if goals of preserving our environments are to be attained.
“The ever changing fashion industry in terms of clothes as well as cosmetics has resulted in pollution, more waste and other negative environmental impacts, thereby undermining efforts of promoting healthy and green environments” mr nkoya said.
Meanwhile some members of the public spoken to on the impact of fashion on the environment emphasized the need to raise awareness on the various factors that contribute to environmental challenges.