UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion addresses fast fashion
The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is seeking to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion and harness the industry as a driver for improving ecosystems. The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water, generating around 20 per cent of the world's wastewater and annually releasing half a million tonnes of synthetic microfibres into the ocean. The average consumer buys 60 per cent more pieces of clothing than 15 years ago. Each item is only kept for half as long
Make Fashion Circular frames guidelines for jeans
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Make Fashion Circular initiative has framed guidelines for producing jeans which set out minimum requirements on garment durability, material health, recyclability, and traceability. The guidelines are a joint effort by more than 40 denim experts from academia, brands, retailers, manufacturers, collectors, sorters, and NGOs. The Jeans Redesign Guidelines will work to ensure jeans last longer, can easily be recycled, and are made in a way that is better for the environment and the health of garment workers. The guidelines build on existing efforts to improve jeans production, including the open source guide created following C&A and Fashion For Good's joint initiative to develop C2C Gold Certified jeans.
Patagonia named UN Champion of the Earth
UK retailers making strides in cutting carbon emissions
Global Fashion Agenda releases CEO Agenda 2019
Good Fashion Fund launches to invest in supply chain
Sustainability Consortium unveils Wastewater Toolbox
Textiles EU's 4th cause of environmental pressure
SITRA develops 100% green technology for making denims
Germany starts 'green button' seal for textile items
Germany in September started a Grüner Knopt (green button in its German meaning) certification in which it would support all textile items that follow certain social and environmental criteria. The federal ministry for economic cooperation and development (BMZ) will be in charge of this certification and will evaluate companies and its products. A pilot test will be executed until the end of 2020. The certification accounts for 26 requisites related to social and environmental responsibility.
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