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Clothing, one of our basic needs, has become one of the important aspects of life. The fashion industry has grown in leaps in bounds, as consumerism has increased with the surge in the world economy. Statistics show that 95.6 million tons of textile were used the world over in 2015, of which 62.1% were oil-based synthetic fibres, including protein and cellulose-based fibres like cotton, polyester 25.2%, 1.2% wool, and 1.5% other types of fibres. It is no surprise that the garment industry is one of the potential sources of pollution, right from synthetic fibres, dyes to chemicals used to process the fabric and pollute nature at all levels. The fashion industry accounts for 4-10% of total greenhouse gases annually.
In a world that is moving towards eco-friendly products that do not leave any ecological footprints, it is of prime importance for the textile industry to look out for natural fabrics. These fabrics are not only obtained from nature; they are also processed in an eco-friendly way. Harmful chemicals and dyes are not used. At the end of its life, the fabric does not cause any harm to nature. These kinds of fabrics are generally part of sustainable fashion.