Trick Or Treat: Frightening Fashion Facts

In honour of Halloween, here are 10 shockingly scary facts about the fashion industry today.

1. US shoppers spend an estimated $3.2 Billion USD on Halloween Costumes.

The UK seems to be catching the Halloween fever too, with spending up 5% from last year.

2. Since 2000, global production of clothing has doubled, yet shoppers are keeping their clothing for half as long.

According to Greenpeace, we are consuming more but throwing away more too. This is fostered by an increase in cheap, fast fashion which has fostered a culture of ‘disposable fashion’.

3. Roughly 75% of consumers in the UK bin their clothing when they no longer want it.

According to a survey by Sainsbury, the majority of UK residents bin their old clothing instead of donating them to a charity, friend, or simply repairing.  Over 235 million items of clothing are sent to the landfill in the UK alone.

4. Over 90% of clothing sold in the UK is manufactured overseas.

According to Defra, the vast majority of our clothing is produced abroad. Particular in India, China, Cambodia and other developing countries associated with cheap labour and more lenient environmental regulation.

5. 170 Million Children are engaged in Child Labour

The International Labour Organisation estimates that 170 million children around the world are engaged in child labour, “with many making textiles and garments to satisfy the demand of consumers in Europe, the US and beyond”.

6. Roughly half of people in the UK experience ‘Wardrobe Rage’ – Irrational Tantrums while choosing an outfit.

A study by M&S and OXFAM found that 49% of the nation experience irrational rage when getting dressed. The study suggests that a cluttered and overfilled closest contribute to this 'Wardrobe Rage'.

7. The average t-shirt requires 2,700 litres of water to produce along the entire lifecycle from seed to garment.  

The Better Cotton Initiative reports that a single t-shirt requires 2,700 litres of water to produce largely because of water intensive cotton agriculture and water intensive dying and treatments. 2,700 litres of water is more water than the normal person drinks over three years.

8. Organic Cotton agriculture represents less that 1% of the world’s cotton production.

Despite the negative environmental impact of conventional cotton, it still represents the vast majority of cotton production.

9. Only 50% of brands surveyed in Australia could accurately trace where their products were cut and sewn.

75% did not know the source of their fabrics, and over 90% did not know the country of origin for the cotton used in their garments.

10. The average British Woman hoards £285 worth of clothing in their closet that they will never wear.

According to Fashion Revolution, this is equivalent to roughly £30 billion worth of unworn clothing in the UK alone.

Halloween is scary. Your clothes don't have to be.