A growing number of eco-friendly startups in Belgium are trying to tackle pollution from the fashion industry. By turning to techniques like 3D printing and recycling, they're hoping to reduce some of the fashion industry's global carbon emissions which amount to more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Some of the ideas include using environmentally-friendly and non-toxic dying techniques, planting trees to offset the carbon emissions generated by transport involved in the process.
The U.N.'s European Economic Commission (UNECE) estimates the fashion industry is responsible for producing 20 percent of global wastewater and 10 percent of global carbon emissions. That's more than the emissions of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.
Additionally, the vital new sustainable alternatives to be brought into the fashion industry interestingly do not always come from fashionistas. Many of the new generations of entrepreneurs are rather chemists and engineers turned into fashion designers.
_Click on the video above to see what two up and coming entrepreneurs brought about to make trendy fashion accessories from waste. _