This research is the first Brazilian publication responsible for analysing the socio-environmental impacts of producing the three most used fibres in the fashion industry: cotton, polyester and viscose. The desire to create a report on textiles is associated with urgent and necessary transformations to guarantee minimally stable living conditions on Earth in the face of a profoundly changing climate scenario in the next decade.
The information, data and conclusions found here are not exhaustive, quite the contrary. There is a massive deficit of open and available sources, both in terms of commercial and economic data, as well as socio-environmental impacts caused by the production of textile fibres. Our main objective is to facilitate and increase access to open data; enable action from various professionals in the sector towards sustainability; insist on the importance of transparency on the productive network traceability, and highlight the importance of civil society's involvement in demanding transparency in national production chains and elaboration of public policies that foster the circularity of the national textile and clothing industry.
- While a 500-hectare farm practising family farming offers about 200 job opportunities, eucalyptus farming offers only three;
- The equivalent of about 16 trucks of textile waste is sent to landfills every day, collected in the Brás region in São Paulo;
- 47.1% of surveyed fashion users say sustainability is "very important" for their purchase decisions.