UN Sustainable Development Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation

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We’re back on track and for the next two weeks we’ll be addressing Sustainable Development Goal 6. Water is an essential for every being, it’s a basic necessity for survival yet unattainable for a large percentage of us. There’s transparency in water, and the main intention of SDG 6 is for everyone to not be denied clean water. Disease, malnutrition and deaths occur because of unsanitary water. By 2030, the UN is hopeful that this contaminated crisis will wash away.


Poster created for World Water Day

Poster created for World Water Day


Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

“To ensure access to safe water sources and sanitation for all.”


Poster created for World Water Day

Poster created for World Water Day


“By managing our water sustainably, we are also able to better manage our production of food and energy and contribute to decent work and economic growth. Moreover, we can preserve our water ecosystems, their biodiversity, and take action on climate change.”


Poster created for World Water Day

Poster created for World Water Day


3 Facts

  • More than 80 percent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal

  • Around 1.8 billion people globally use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated

  • Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the global population and is projected to rise

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3 Goals by 2030

  • Achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations

  • Improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

  • Expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water-sanitation-related activities and programmes including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

Facts and goals provided by the UN.


Water in the Fashion Industry

2,700 liters of water are used to create one t-shirt

Documented here is the pollution of the Cihaur River where companies find it easy to dispose of their toxic materials in an illegal manner.  Photo by Andri Tambunan for the series   Polluting Paradise

Documented here is the pollution of the Cihaur River where companies find it easy to dispose of their toxic materials in an illegal manner.

Photo by Andri Tambunan for the series Polluting Paradise

Humans aren’t the only species being directly affected by this issue but all ocean life. “The World Bank estimates that 17 to 20 percent of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and finishing treatment given to fabric,” (Kant). Millions of chemicals like pesticides, dyes, and bleaches are hazardous to animals because of their heavy metals which contribute to the ocean dead zones we are seeing. The high demand of getting a specific piece of clothing adds to the ecological footprint due to the shipping involved and transporting our desired goods from different areas across the world. CO2 is then released which causes ocean acidification. However, solutions can always be made. Governments can implement landfill taxes, create fines and policies to follow and regulate chemicals; clothes can be designed with a sustainable mindset; and us fashion consumers can give pre-loved items a second chance or purchase from ethical brands and designers. FFC believes that these are things we can follow up on to avoid the textile industry dumping tons of gallons of toxic pollutants into the water. Environmental laws must be proposed and acted on so that a better future for the ecosystem, a better future for fashion and a better future for humanity can be seen.


We’ll end this post by saying Happy Earth Day! A little reminder to always respect and appreciate the earth. Remember, earth day is everyday. What are you doing to protect the planet? We’d love to know! Leave a comment down below or tag us with a photo on social media @FFConservation


Quotes and statistics provided by the UN

Read more about the Sustainable Development Goal 6 here!