Badili Africa is leading advocacy campaigns on how the beauty and fashion industry can go all in on climate change.
With the increase in the trends of skincare and beauty rituals, thanks to social media, people are consuming these products more than ever. Currently, 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year. Approx. 70% of the beauty industry’s waste comes from packaging – amounting to 20 billion units yearly. Most beauty products, lipstick, shampoos, body wash, powders, etc., are packaged in plastics and get thrown away once they are used up.
The fashion and beauty industry accounts for between 5% and 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The global fashion industry is generating a lot of greenhouse gases due to the energy used during its production, manufacturing, and transportation of the million garments purchased each year. Synthetic fibers (polyester, acrylic, nylon, etc.), used in the majority of our clothes, are made from fossil fuel, making production much more energy-intensive than with natural fibers. Most of our clothes are produced in China, Bangladesh, or India, countries essentially powered by coal. This is the dirtiest type of energy in terms of carbon emissions. Cheap synthetic fibers also emit gases like N2O, which is 300 times more damaging than CO2.