Environmental hazards from textile and clothing industries

Other Names:
Occupational hazards of wearing apparel manufacture

The textile industry is one of the largest and oldest employers of labour. The use of substances of concern in textile production has an important impact on farmers’ and factory workers’ health as well as on the surrounding environment.

Textile mills usually last for up to 100 years; and some old textile machines are over 40 years old. As a result, there are many hazards indigenous to the textile and clothing industries. 

One more recent hazard is the shift from using biodegradable, recyclable natural products to highly resilient and nonbiodegradable plastics made with toxic chemicals.  half a million tons of plastic microfibers shed during washing ends up in the ocean and ultimately enters the food chain

Steady production growth in the clothing industry is intrinsically linked to a decline in utilization per item, leading to an incredible amount of waste. 


The most common causes of injury and fatality in the clothing industry are: 

Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
20.05.2019 – 17:20 CEST