Thanks to Blue Planet II we all saw how plastic is destroying our oceans, but did you know that, after oil and coal, the fashion industry is the biggest polluter?
In Fashion’s Dirty Secrets: Stacey Dooley Investigates, the Strictly star Stacey Dooley reveals how our love of fast fashion is causing environmental catastrophes.
In Kazakhstan, Stacey explores how the cotton industry has turned the Aral Sea into an
Until the 1960s, the Aral Sea was a haven for wildlife, but the rivers feeding it were diverted to provide water for cotton farms.
The fishing industry has been wiped out and toxic sandstorms plague local villages.
‘An area of water nearly the size of Ireland has disappeared in four decades,’ says Stacey.
‘I had no idea that cotton was capable of this.
‘It’s also a really unsustainable crop, and uses more water than any other fibre – just one pair of jeans requires 15,523 litres of water!
Later, in Indonesia, she discovers how deadly toxins from huge textile factories have killed
Shocking stuff, but it’s scandalous that all the major fashion labels she contacts refused to