A Not So Fashionable View of China’s Textile Industry

From today’s China Daily report about the environmental damages caused by China’s textile industry (a report cites massive abuses by brands such as Levi Strauss, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess and Zara):

The textile industry uses large amounts of water in its operations, from the washing of fibers to bleaching, dyeing and washing of the finished products. Moreover, the industry in China uses as much as three times the global average of clean water to produce the same amount of fabric, because of a lack of advanced technologies, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.


While it comes as little surprise that the country is registering such high levels of pollution, the findings have prompted renewed concern about whether the high price it is paying, in terms of the environment and health, is worth it, especially now that China is the world’s second-largest economy and could provide more funding for environmental protection.

About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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