Keeping our oceans clean
Each year, the simple task of washing clothes releases 500,000 tons of microfibers into the ocean — the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles. 60% of garments are made from synthetic microplastic fibres called polyester that can take decades to degrade in the ocean affecting marine life or carrying invasive bacteria that can be harmful to humans. Microplastics are estimated to compose up to 31% of plastic pollution in the ocean.
More than a billion people live in water-scarce regions, yet fashion is the second-largest consumer of water worldwide. it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of jeans - that's enough water for one person to drink eight cups per day for 10 years.
Textile dyeing is a massive polluter of water, since the water left over from the dyeing process is often dumped into ditches, streams, or rivers. The dyeing process uses enough water to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools each year.
At Onesta, we use natural fabrics made without harsh chemicals that are safe to wash. The innovative fabrics we use also require less water in the growing process, reducing our water consumption. The dyes used on the fabrics are low-impact dyes that are water-soluble. We only work with suppliers who use a closed loop system in their fabric manufacturing process to limit water wastage and prevent toxic water waste being deposited into the environment.