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Zakat and Eco-fashion

April 13, 2019 • FINANCE & BANKING, Climate Change & Society, Responsible Finance

By Randi Swandaru

As the fashion business grows and as the interminable need of human beings to respond to fast fashion continuously thrives, the clothing industry has become the second largest pollutants releasing industry in the world – it leaves tremendous amount of fashion carbon footprint that causes unimaginable harm to the environment. This article talks about how Zakat, a Moslem faith pillar will help shape not just the fashion world anew, but how it essentially helps restore harmony in how we perceive our roles as nature’s stewards.

 

Have you ever imagined where do our clothes come from and who made it in the first place? Does the process harm the environment and does the trade fairly compensate each actor? These questions are some reasons that initiate the idea of eco-fashion. This notion emerges alongside with the awareness of people to the fact that clothing is one of the most wastes that people produce. For instance, the average waste of Americans reaches up to 82 pounds of textile each year, which sums up to 11 million tons annually. Moreover, textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture. In addition, the Tragedy of Rana Plaza has opened millions of eyes around the globe on how the capitalistic fashion industry has exploited workers in Bangladesh. It represents how the glamour and fancy fashion in the western world has shed blood and induced poverty in third world countries.

 
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About the Author

Randi Swandaru is a Durham Business School Alumni and the division head of Zakat Empowerment at Badan Amil Zakat Nasional (BAZNAS).

 

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