Ten Green Fashion top tips launched to save the world from global warming

08 May 2024

A London South Bank University (LSBU) research project which is studying how leading Vietnamese designer, Lan Huong, cuts the carbon footprint of clothing, has launched ten Green Fashion Top Tips for consumers to reduce the impact of their clothes on the planet. Buying new clothes is increasingly easy, fast and cheap with the trend of fast fashion. A UN report found the clothing industry is the second-largest global polluter after the oil industry (8% of greenhouse gas emissions) and pollutes more than all international flights..

The LSBU Green Fashion top tips leaflet has been launched online with ten practical steps consumers can easily take to reduce the impact of their clothes on the planet:

  1. Buying Your Clothes: Know Your Materials, Buy Less & Better Clothes, Rent Clothes, Shop Second-hand & Buy Brands With Green Targets
  2. Caring For Your Clothes: Wear What You Own, Wash Clothes Correctly, Give Clothes Second Life, Repair Your Clothes & Recycle Your Clothes

Dr. Mai Khanh Tran (Mika) from LSBU is researching how leading Vietnamese designer, Lan Huong, cuts the carbon footprint of clothing by using ramie fabrics. Clothing with 100% ramie fibres are biodegradable so all ramie clothing can be reused, recycled or returned to the earth.

Dr. Mai Khanh Tran (Mika), LSBU Digital Marketing lecturer, said,  “Clothing is the second biggest global polluter after the oil industry and unless there is change the world will continue warming and will see more droughts, fires, dangerous flooding, melting polar ice etc. 50 million items of clothing are bought & worn just once in the UK every summer and every UK household from their clothing consumption produces the equivalent emissions of driving a car for 6,000 miles. There are simple steps consumers can take when they are buying and caring for their clothes which is why we’ve launched ten Green Top Tips today about decisions they can easily take. They include knowing the materials that are in clothes before purchase to avoid virgin synthetics like polyester which come from fossil fuels. This is easily done online now by looking out for respected green international clothing certifications highlighting clothes made from cotton, wool, leather etc. My LSBU research is focusing on materials that our clothes are made with so we can better understand what the fashion industry must to do to stay within the global 1.5C warming target. We are looking at leading Vietnamese fashion designer, Lan Huong, her use of biodegradable ramie in clothing and how this could enable other industries to reduce carbon emissions.”