Inside China’s plan to clean up its textile industry | FairPlanetGreen clothing brands and efficient recycling systems are only a part of what...Inside China’s plan to clean up its textile industry | FairPlanet
Green clothing brands and efficient recycling systems are only a part of what needs to change for fashion to become less polluting.
With sustainable clothing brands slowly emerging in China, Chinese consumers are gaining eco-consciousness about the source of the fabrics they wear. The budding awareness coincides with Beijing’s ambitious green plan to become carbon neutral by 2060, and recently, it announced a new goal to tackle the notoriously polluting textile industry.
China has been the world's top textile exporter, churning out over 20 billion pieces in 2020 - over half of textiles in the world. In that same year, China produced roughly 22 million tonnes of textile waste, with only 1.5 million tonnes recycled - which accounts for about 20 percent of the total waste.