The global apparel industry produces more than 400bn square metres of fabric per year, which consumes nearly 1 billion kWh of electricity every year. The impact of fashion on the planet is huge, and brands – like Nike – are getting active about it.
Nike revealed this week it has joined eco-forces with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and its Climate CoLab, in a bid to craft low-impact fabrics for use in Nike’s footwear and performance apparel.
With a focus on using renewable energy, Nike has already installed solar panels at its China Logistics Center in Taicang, and solar panels and wind turbines at the company’s renewable energy-powered European Logistics Campus in Belgium.
Nike said it has also increased its commitment to eco-manufacturing, saying it wants to reach “100-percent renewable energy in company-owned-and-operated facilities by 2025.”
And an app has been released too – the MAKING App, which tells people about the impact major fabrics used in clothing have on the environment – including how much waste is left behind and how much water is used in processing.
You can read more about Nike’s eco-commitment here.