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Stella McCartney Admits That Even She's Not 100% Eco-Friendly. In late April, the Financial Times’s (and soon to be New York Times's) Vanessa Friedman gave a speech at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on the paradox of sustainability in the fashion industry.

Stella McCartney Admits That Even She's Not 100% Eco-Friendly

With designers piling on season after sub-season, the imperative to push new styles stands in opposition to any notion of permanence, Friedman argued. There are a few sides to sustainability in fashion. H&M on Conscious Materials. 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.

Sustainability in the Fashion Industry - Supply Chains Effect on the Environment

We’re commemorating this Earth Week by asking some tough questions about our impact on the planet and what we can do about it. We’ll also be profiling people and companies who are instigating change. We’re calling the series “,” and to kick things off, Maya Singer takes a look at the harsh realities of the fashion supply chain. I used to have nightmares about plastic. Back in 2008, I spent New Year’s Day immersed in The World Without Us, Alan Weisman’s thought experiment about what would happen to Earth if the human race was suddenly raptured off the face of it. The World Without Us is one of the seminal texts of my life. “Supply chain.” In the era of hypercapitalism, the typical fashion supply chain is vast and Rube Goldberg-esque. See what I mean about a machine? So I’m going to try to make this interesting. Russian mink farms where thousands are slaughtered and left to rot to make $1m coats.

These disturbing pictures expose the macabre truth about the fur farms in Russia and China which supply the fashion market in the world's leading cities, including London, Paris and New York.

Russian mink farms where thousands are slaughtered and left to rot to make $1m coats

Across ten time zones, the images show the reality of mink and sable gulags - many set up during the harsh Communist past - where prized animals are bred for slaughter, bringing in millions of pounds to the Russian economy every single year. An investigation by MailOnline also reveals the appalling conditions in which wild animals, including different types of fox, are captured and killed, from being skinned alive to being poisoned by the faeces in the air, and reveals the heartless farm owners who can't see beyond their profits. And there are certainly profits to be made: a sable 'blanket' sold for a record-breaking $900,000 to a royal just a few years ago, while a coat at last year's Fendi show was rumoured to have a price tag of $1.2million.

Animals forced to suffer and starve in Russian fur farm. Copenhagen Fashion Week Spotlights Sustainability. Copenhagen Fashion Week, which began Wednesday and runs through Friday, is giving sustainability some good play.

Copenhagen Fashion Week Spotlights Sustainability

The event held in the wake of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which drew 1,250 industry delegates last May, had sustainable label Fonnesbech on its first day — Crown Princess Mary of Denmark sat front row at the Fonnesbech display — and two Swedish brands with a sustainability perspective on day two: House of Dagmar and Uniforms For The Dedicated, two newcomers to the Copenhagen calendar. “The vision is the gap that Copenhagen could fill: to take the position as the sustainability destination and bring together the brands from all over the world who want to work on sustainability,” said Eva Kruse, chief executive officer of Copenhagen Fashion Week, noting that she would like H&M to reveal its Conscious Collection during Copenhagen Fashion Week, as well as draw such players as Stella McCartney and Prada, who both have an ethical point of view in terms of production.

Faux Fur is More Than a Faux Pas, it's Poison. One of the arguments most beloved of the anti-fur lobby is that fake fur is actually better for the environment than the real thing.

Faux Fur is More Than a Faux Pas, it's Poison

That argument, however, is as fake as the apparel it supports. And some new research has thrown the whole issue around man-made fibres more generally into the limelight. Specifically, researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara have found that, on average, synthetic fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfibers each wash. and that this is having a devastating effect on our rivers, oceans and marine life. It also uncovered that older jackets shed almost twice as many fibres as new ones. What are these microfibres? But this new study is only part of the story. What the activists have notably left out, however, are the gaping flaws in that research, not least the fact it was commissioned by three European anti-fur groups. On the one hand, we can prove this figure is vastly over-inflated.

Faux Fur is the Only Responsible Choice. A response to Mark Oaten’s article “Faux fur is more than faux pas, it’s poison”.

Faux Fur is the Only Responsible Choice

Real fur sales are experiencing a dramatic drop since 2014 while the faux fur sector is enjoying a remarkable boom with a 10% increase in demand. This might explain why Mark Oaten, head of the International Fur Trade Federation, has been constantly trying to denigrate the faux fur sector. More and more fashion houses and even luxury brands are falling in love with faux fur. New technologies make it more lustrous and softer than ever.