Did you know that there are seven billion people on the planet? If you were to count one number, each second, never stopping until you reached a billion, you would have to count consecutively for 31 years and 259 days. That is how staggering a billion really is.
If every person on the plant owned just one shirt, one pair of pants and one jacket, that alone would equate to 21 billion different articles of clothing. In order to count all those, it would take you 672 years. That is truly a lot of clothing, not to mention most people own much more than just three pieces of clothing.
The fact is that there are so many people and clothes are a basic need that each person has. The statistics that are surrounding the fashion industry are nothing short of being quite staggering.
• The children’s wear market is estimated to reach over $186 billion this year, which makes it an increase of 15 percent in the past five years.
• In 2010 the average American household spent an average of $1,700 on footwear, apparel and other related products.
• The city in the U.S. that spends the most on apparel each month is Manhattan, spending up to $362 each month.
• The city in the U.S. that spends the least on apparel each month is Tucson, Arizona, with only $131 spent each month.
• Back in 2010, the textile industry in China processed a total of 41.3 tons of fiber, which accounted for between 52 and 54 percent of the production in the world.
• Each year, millions of tons of fabric goes unused in China due to being dyed a color that is not right.
• The United States Apparel Manufacturing industry has decreased in employment by over 80 percent, from about 900,000 down to only 150,000 jobs, in the past 20 years.
• The Germans were recorded as offering the highest amount of hourly compensation in the apparel manufacturing industry, with the Philippines coming in with the least amount at only 88 cents per hour of work.
• Each year over 200,000 people attend New York Fashion week which generates over $20 million funneled into the economy of New York City.
There is no question that these statistics are a bit shocking and even surprising in some aspects. There are many who have no idea that the numbers were stacked in this number in relation to the amount of waste, or even compensation that others receive for the clothing that they put on each day. Chances are you don’t think too much about where your clothes originated from; however, if you did, you may change your shopping habits a bit.