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It may come as a surprise to some that the clothing industry has a large effect on increasing climate change. For example, the clothing sector represents around 3% of the world’s global production of CO2 emissions, mostly due to the use of energy when clothes are produced and transported. This is a figure which is set to rise with the growing popularity of online shopping. Online shopping significantly increases the transport emissions produced by the clothing industry, as it is common for shoppers to order clothes in multiple sizes and then send them back when they don't fit.
To shop more sustainably, avoid online shopping as well as high-street brands which support fast fashion. Also consider finding pre-owned pieces of clothing from charity shops as these are not only more sustainable but are often cheaper and go towards helping a good cause.
Carbon Trust 2011