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What is the future for sustainable materials in fashion? For an industry that revolves around seasons, two fibres are popular all year round.

What is the future for sustainable materials in fashion?

The first is cotton, a natural fibre with links to forced labour that is as thirsty as it is in demand, taking up to 2,700 litres of water to make one shirt. The second is polyester, a key driver of the man made fibre market, that depends on now-declining reserves of oil and gas. The increasingly obvious environmental impacts of both are leading entrepreneurs, designers and businesses to look to more sustainable alternatives like organic cotton and recycled polyester, but some are venturing even further out of the box.

Sustainable clothing. Sustainable clothing refers to fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources, such as sustainably grown fiber crops or recycled materials.

Sustainable clothing

It also refers to how these fabrics are made. Historically, being environmentally conscious towards clothing meant (1) buying clothes from thrift stores or any shops that sell second-hand clothing, or (2) donating used clothes to shops previously mentioned, for reuse or resale. Fair trade and ethical production. Slow Design. How Global Warming Is Already Changing The Fashion Industry. While some politicians continue to deny climate change, fashion retailers are already feeling the burn of a warming winter climate.

How Global Warming Is Already Changing The Fashion Industry

Making Climate Change Fashionable - The Garment Industry Takes On Global Warming. As the COP21 climate change talks are underway in Paris this week, it’s nice to see real progress on fronts rarely discussed.

Making Climate Change Fashionable - The Garment Industry Takes On Global Warming

Lots of industries other than energy production are important sources of greenhouse gas emissions – agriculture, iron and metal smelting, cement production, waste treatment and…the fashion industry. The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and remains the second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil. This shouldn’t be surprising since it’s a $3 trillion global industry. The apparel market in the United States tops the world, contributing close to a third of the global total. How Will Climate Change Affect What We Wear? Surprise! It Already Has. The nefarious effects of climate change can be felt everywhere, scientists say, from last year’s extra-balmy winter to last week’s Hurricane Sandy, a storm whose destructive brawn some attribute to global warming.

How Will Climate Change Affect What We Wear? Surprise! It Already Has

But flux in climate patterns is also manifesting in an unlikely place: our closets. Climate change, the term given to trends in statistical weather patterns, is often closely linked to anthropogenic global warming, and it’s likely a large reason that U.S. climates are getting warmer each year. Fast Fashion Is the Second Dirtiest Industry in the World, Next to Big Oil - EcoWatch. Culture - Fashion victims: History’s most dangerous trends. Topshop Gets Called Out For Unrealistic Mannequin Body Standards. By now, it seems as if most retailers have been involved in some sort of controversy.

Topshop Gets Called Out For Unrealistic Mannequin Body Standards

And while some have been because of tasteless graphics, or hypersexualized advertisements, one thing we continue to see over and over again—and frankly, we're tired of it—is the ridiculous body standards reinforced by the mannequins that model the clothing. Topshop, the popular British brand that boasts collaborations with stars like Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne, has come under fire after a shopper noticed that the store's mannequin had extremely thin legs.

A Fashion Designer Uses Her Mannequins To Send A Message That Hurts. Debate: Does Fashion Have A Place In Politics? Fashion Politics: Fashion as a Voice for Change? The UK’s General Election is fast approaching.

Fashion Politics: Fashion as a Voice for Change?

How Intel infiltrated New York Fashion Week. © Time Inc.

How Intel infiltrated New York Fashion Week

All rights reserved. Fortune.com is a part of the Time.com network of sites. Powered by WordPress.com VIP Email address or Password is incorrect Forgot Password? Want the Full Story? Privacy Policy. The Secrets to Merging Fashion With Technology. The Blonde Salad Ups the Ante. LOS ANGELES, United States — Chiara Ferragni’s stream of selfies has drawn more than 6.5 million followers to her personal Instagram account.

The Blonde Salad Ups the Ante

But the super-influencer has transformed her digital property The Blonde Salad, which she launched as a personal blog back in 2009 that now attracts an average of 500,000 unique visitors each month, into a full-fledged magazine that relies on plenty more than her outfit photos. “When I started back then, I just wanted a personal space,” says Ferragni, whose movie-star looks and playfully bold Italian style have earned her adoring fans the world over. “But for the last three years, we haven’t been a blog. We’ve been a website.” What will Alexa Chung's fashion line look like? Your first look at Gigi Hadid’s line for Tommy Hilfiger. Just last week former One Direction member and Dazed cover star Zayn Malik made his fashion design debut, unveiling a footwear range he’d created in collaboration with Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti.

Your first look at Gigi Hadid’s line for Tommy Hilfiger

Victoria's Secret Photoshop 'Fail'? Or Just Plain Body-Shaming. Where Will Growth Come From in 2015? Fashion CEOs Speak. (Clockwise from top left) Rodrigo Bazan, Fabrizio Cardinali, Wen Zhou and Adrian Joffe | Source: Courtesy LONDON, United Kingdom — 2014 was a year of geo-political tumult. The crisis in the Ukraine. Hostilities in Syria and Iraq. The Ebola outbreak. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The fashion business - BBC News. Image copyright AFP We know that clothing is big business, but it may be surprising just how big. The fashion industry's contribution to the British economy is an estimated £26bn - that's twice the size of the car industry's and nearly as big as the contribution from housing, according to the British Fashion Council. London Fashion Week: Fashion worth £21bn to Britain's economy.

PETA Strikes Victoria's Secret Off Its List of Cruelty-Free Brands. Photo by Sorbis/Shutterstock People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ has stricken Victoria’s Secret from its list of cruelty-free companies after the lingerie giant confirmed its decision to sell beauty products in mainland China. Although the Chinese government has, in recent years, relaxed its animal-test mandate for certain types of cosmetics that are produced and sold in the country, the new rules don’t cover imported or specialty products. American-based firms have been eager to capitalize on the Asian country’s $15-billion-and-growing cosmetics market, however, with several companies, most notably Avon, Mary Kay, and Esteé Lauder, reversing decades of “no animal testing” policies to do so. “Although the company fully understands the Chinese government’s requirements for tests on animals for cosmetics, it has chosen to enter this market anyway,” wrote PETA on its website.

RELATED | PETA’s Bunny Logo for Cruelty-Free Products Gets a Sleek Update. Global Recession Impacts on Fashion Industry: Strategies for Survival. What Sustainability Means To The Millennial Generation. Jo Godden, Founder of RubyMoon, discusses how brands can limit their environmental impact worldwide According to Goldman Sachs, there are around 92 million millennials in the US currently, making them the largest demographic in American history so far. Can a hashtag change the fashion industry? Guardian Sustainable Business. Sustainability in the Fashion Industry - Supply Chains Effect on the Environment.

As one of the biggest players in the global economy, the fashion industry has a responsibility to help protect the environment. FASHION & SUSTAINABILITY — Undress Runways. Sustainability in the Fashion Industry - Supply Chains Effect on the Environment. Sustainability. Luxury Brands Focus On “Instagram Generation” Ultra Rich Customers.

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