scispace - formally typeset
Search or ask a question
Journal ArticleDOI

The Environmental Impacts of Fast Fashion on Water Quality: A Systematic Review

29 Mar 2022-Water-Vol. 14, Iss: 7, pp 1073-1073
TL;DR: In this article , the authors systematically identified 65 publications from 1996 to November 2021 that were subjected to bibliometric, text, and content analysis, and found that there is a growing research interest surrounding fast fashion and water quality, with 74% of the articles published in the last 5 years, and the majority of publications and citations are from China and European countries.
Abstract: The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry, contributing 8% of all carbon emissions and 20% of all global wastewater, with an anticipated 50% increase in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. To gain a better understanding of the state of the academic literature on the environmental impacts of the fast fashion industry, we systematically identified 65 publications from 1996 to November 2021 that were subjected to (i) bibliometric, (ii) text, and (iii) content analysis. We found that there is a growing research interest surrounding fast fashion and water quality, with 74% of the articles published in the last 5 years, and the majority of publications and citations are from China and European countries. We summarise the evaluation of production processes, such as carbon and water footprints, along with recycling practices aimed to increase the sustainability of the fashion industry. Circular economy, social environmental responsibility, and sustainability governance are key areas for future research in this growing field.

Content maybe subject to copyright    Report

Citations
More filters
Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this article , the authors proposed a model to gain a deeper understanding of how technological innovations help achieve a successfully sustainable fashion, while simultaneously improving sustainability practices, and fashion startup managers can use the proposed model.
Abstract: The consumption of unsustainable fashion and wasteful practices have recently attracted significant attention in practice and academia. The global fashion industry is expected to grow from $1.5 trillion in 2020 to approximately $2.25 trillion by 2025, indicating a continuous growth in demand. New technological developments are used to transition to a green economy and to promote an environmentally conscious fashion movement. Technology may seem counterintuitive, but becoming more sustainable is crucial for fashion, which is often an accelerant of waste. Sustainable fashion technologies significantly impact waste reduction through materials, products, and consumer experiences. Material changes made by environmentally conscious businesses improve longevity and reduce resource consumption. Fashion startup managers can use the proposed model to gain a deeper understanding of how technological innovations help achieve a successfully sustainable fashion, while simultaneously improving sustainability practices.

36 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: Li et al. as mentioned in this paper compared the effect of monetary and non-monetary incentives on low-carbon behaviors and found that for low-willingness recycling behaviors, both incentives are effective in increasing participants' willingness, with nonmonetary incentive being more effective.

1 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this article , the authors proposed a method to calculate and evaluate the baseline water footprints for natural fiber textiles based on the ISO 14046 methodology, which refers to the maximum values of the water footprints that satisfy the required regulations managed by the government or the industry.

1 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this paper , the authors compared the dyeing of cellulose diacetate (cellulose-based) and polyester fabrics using supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) and aqueous media.
Abstract: This paper compares the dyeing of cellulose diacetate (cellulose-based) and polyester fabrics using supercritical carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) and aqueous media. The benefits of dyeing in SC-CO2 were clearly demonstrated in lab-based and pilot-scale studies in terms of increased colour strength, uniformity, fastness and the absence of auxiliaries such as dispersing agents or surfactants. In addition, the “super-levelling” nature of the SC-CO2 medium was demonstrated in the reprocessing of polyester “waste textile” and the re-use of the “locked-in waste” colorant. The SC-CO2 processing medium can be utilised to accurately colour “multiple life” polyester and cellulose acetate uniformly and to creatively tie-dye polyester and cellulose acetate fabrics. Through SC-CO2 fluid technology, we can envisage a viable waterless circular manufacturing and recycling/remanufacturing framework for the predominantly polyester global fibre market coupled to the sustainably sourced, biodegradable cellulose diacetate as a replacement for cotton. The key technical and commercial advantages being the use of a single Solvent dye class for both polyester and the cellulose diacetate, saving on energy costs, integrated simpler processing, reduced water usage and associated efficient recycling. Further, repositioning the cellulosic fibre industry towards using sustainable forests is attractive in terms of improved land, water and environmental management.
Journal ArticleDOI
11 Jul 2023-PLOS ONE
TL;DR: In this paper , the authors examined the impact of multi-dimensional corporate sustainability practices on organizational performance in the apparel and textile industry in Sri Lanka and employed the partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) technique for analysing and testing the hypothesis of the study while using Smart PLS 4.0 software as the analysis tool.
Abstract: The apparel and textile industry is the backbone of the Sri Lankan economy, contributing significantly to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which also triggered the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka, has a profound effect on the organizational performance of apparel sector firms in Sri Lanka. In this context, the study examines the impact of multi-dimensional corporate sustainability practices on organizational performance in the said sector. The study employed the partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) technique for analysing and testing the hypothesis of the study while using Smart PLS 4.0 software as the analysis tool. Relevant data were collected through a questionnaire from 300 apparel firms registered with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI). The study results indicated that "economic vigour,” “ethical practices," and "social equity" have a significant impact on organizational performance, while "corporate governance" and "environmental performance" have an insignificant impact. Unique discoveries from this study would be useful to prosper organizational performance and formulate novel sustainable future strategies not limited to the garment industry even during harsh economic conditions.
References
More filters
Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: This paper proposes a unique open-source tool, designed by the authors, called bibliometrix, for performing comprehensive science mapping analysis, programmed in R, and can be rapidly upgraded and integrated with other statistical R-packages.

3,502 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: This package provides functions and supporting data sets to allow conversion of text to and from tidy formats, and to switch seamlessly between tidy tools and existing text mining packages.
Abstract: Tidy data sets allow manipulation with a standard set of “tidy” tools, including popular packages such as dplyr (Wickham, Francois, and RStudio 2015), ggplot2 (Wickham, Chang, and RStudio 2016), and broom (Robinson et al. 2015). These tools do not yet, however, have the infrastructure to work fluently with text data and natural language processing tools. In developing this package, we provide functions and supporting data sets to allow conversion of text to and from tidy formats, and to switch seamlessly between tidy tools and existing text mining packages.

486 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: In this article, a review of the literature on textile reuse and recycling is presented, where the authors provide a summary of the current knowledge and point out several areas for further research.

467 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
TL;DR: A review of the literature on changes that have happened in the fashion apparel industry since the 1990s, highlighting the emergence of a concept of "throwaway" or fast fashion is presented in this article.
Abstract: The fashion apparel industry has significantly evolved, particularly over the last 20 years. The changing dynamics of the fashion industry have forced retailers to desire low cost and flexibility in design, quality, and speed to market, key strategies to maintain a profitable position in the increasingly demanding market. This article reviews the literature on changes that have happened in the fashion apparel industry since the 1990s, highlighting the emergence of a concept of ‘throwaway’ or fast fashion. It describes fast fashion from a supplier as well as a consumer's perspective, and draws attention to several potential research issues.

452 citations

Journal ArticleDOI
07 Apr 2020
TL;DR: In this article, the authors identify the environmental impacts at critical points in the textile and fashion value chain, from production to consumption, focusing on water use, chemical pollution, CO2 emissions and textile waste.
Abstract: The fashion industry is facing increasing global scrutiny of its environmentally polluting supply chain operations. Despite the widely publicized environmental impacts, however, the industry continues to grow, in part due to the rise of fast fashion, which relies on cheap manufacturing, frequent consumption and short-lived garment use. In this Review, we identify the environmental impacts at critical points in the textile and fashion value chain, from production to consumption, focusing on water use, chemical pollution, CO2 emissions and textile waste. Impacts from the fashion industry include over 92 million tonnes of waste produced per year and 79 trillion litres of water consumed. On the basis of these environmental impacts, we outline the need for fundamental changes in the fashion business model, including a deceleration of manufacturing and the introduction of sustainable practices throughout the supply chain, as well a shift in consumer behaviour — namely, decreasing clothing purchases and increasing garment lifetimes. These changes stress the need for an urgent transition back to ‘slow’ fashion, minimizing and mitigating the detrimental environmental impacts, so as to improve the long-term sustainability of the fashion supply chain. The increase in clothing consumption, exemplified in fast fashion, has severe environmental consequences. This Review discusses the impacts of fashion on natural resources and the environment, and examines how technology, policy and consumer behaviour can mitigate the negative effects of the fashion industry.

373 citations

Trending Questions (3)
How much has fast fashion already impacted the environment?

Fast fashion has significantly impacted the environment, contributing 8% of carbon emissions and 20% of global wastewater. Anticipated 50% increase in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

How is the fashion industry contributing to pollution events?

The fashion industry contributes to pollution events through its high carbon emissions and the generation of large amounts of wastewater, which accounts for 20% of all global wastewater.

What are the main water impacts of the fashion industry?

The main water impacts of the fashion industry include the consumption of 79 trillion liters of water annually and the contribution to about 20% of industrial wastewater.