In 2010,
China’s textile industry processed 41.3 million tons of fiber and accounted for 52-54 percent of the world’s total production.
The Chinese textile industry creates about
 3 billion tons of soot each year. Millions of tons of unused fabric at Chinese mills go to waste each year when dyed the wrong colour.
A single mill in
China can use 200 tons of water for each ton of fabric it dyes; many rivers run with the colours of the season as the untreated toxic dyes wash off from mills.
In 2010, the textile industry ranked third overall in Chinese industry for waste water discharge at
 2.5 billion tons of waste water per year.
The textile industry discharges about 300,600 tons of carbon dioxide and contributes to 8.2 percent of carbon dioxide pollution in
As of
February 20th, 2012
, the China Pollution Map Database had 6,000 records of textile factories violating environmental regulations, including: discharging waste water from hidden pipes; discharging untreated pollutants; improper use of waste water treatment facilities; exceeding total pollutant discharge allowed; and using production facilities that were shut down by the authorities for various reasons.

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