Hands covered in oil behind text that reads "Fossil Fuel Fashion"

Fast fashion runs on fossil fuels.

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"Fossil fuel fashion is at the core of many of fast fashion’s worst problems: cheap materials, over-reliance on synthetics, a spiraling waste crisis and spiking emissions.

Synthetic fibre production uses the equivalent amount of oil per year as the whole of Spain and polyester production produces as much emissions as 180 coal fired power stations a year.

Fossil fuel-derived fibres are incredibly cheap, costing less than half per kilo compared to cotton, and it is estimated they will represent 73% of fibre for textiles by 2030. Enabled by these fibres, clothing is now cheaper than even, produced in greater volumes, and thrown away sooner.

Yet, while people are well aware of pervasive plastic pollution, few realise that the same product is rife in our clothing, causing a huge waste issue. Synthetics such as polyester are practically unrecyclable, contaminate our bodies and natural environments with microplastics, and pose a huge threat to communities in the Global South where enormous volumes of clothing are dumped and burned.

We are calling for a fair phase-out of fossil fuels from the fashion industry.

Building on several years of investigations and research into fashion’s over-reliance on fossil fuels, our campaign aims to spotlight the intrinsic links between fossil fuels and fashion during climate talks where the fashion’s climate impact is traditionally under-represented, and ensure fashion is included in the call for a fair phase out of fossil fuels.

What is more, synthetic fibres and plastics are emerging as the fossil fuel industry’s cash-cow – accounting for up to 95% of future growth in demand for oil.

Committing to an equitable phase out of fossil fuels both in the supply chain and in synthetic materials is vital to stem overproduction and the serious end-of-life issues associated with Fossil Fuel Fashion.

Scientists recommend a 55% reduction in emissions across the supply chain by 2030 to stay within a 1.5 degree pathway. Progress must be reported, independently verified and interim decarbonisation targets set and met."


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