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Euractiv to host event on sustainability in supply chain

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Sep '19
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Euractiv, a pan-European media network specialised in EU policies, will be hosting an event on the topic 'Clothing imports to the EU: Achieving sustainability & transparency in the supply chain' on November 7, 2019, in Brussels. The goal of the event will be to discuss the balance retailers must achieve when sourcing textiles and clothes. 
 
Clothes contribute more to climate change than international flights and shipping combined. Producing raw materials - from cotton to artificial fibres - as well as spinning, weaving and dyeing require enormous amounts of water and chemicals that can end up untreated in our water systems.
 
'Fast fashion' is driving up the sector's environmental footprint as it contributes to an increased tendency to see clothing as disposable. Europeans have almost doubled the size of their wardrobes over the past 15 years, with a significant proportion largely unused, according to a recent European Parliament report.
 
The EU's retail clothing sector sources textiles and clothes from all over the world. In addition to sourcing at the most competitive rates, they must also consider how industries, such as cotton production, are regulated in different countries, both in terms of the environment and international labour standards.
 
Euractiv cooperates with a number of national media, innovation companies and groups of readers to support transformations in the media sector on four fronts: data journalism, translated syndication, media policies and media networks.
 

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