We Could Soon Be Wearing Leather Made From Human Skin. New York Designers Share Their Sustainability Goals at the CFDA + Lexus Panel. Yesterday, the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative hosted an afternoon of presentations and open discussions on sustainability and innovation within the fashion industry.
The Best Ethical Fashion Brands. What: Fat Face has a company-wide Code of Conduct where all factories that produce their goods must abide by as well as working with suppliers and other organizations to make sure their workers are treated fairly.
What: Your new one-stop shop for ethically made wedding wear, Minna describes itself as an ‘Eco Luxe’ brand. With wedding dresses, veils and bridesmaid dresses made from sustainable, organic, recycled and locally produced textiles, you can dress your whole wedding party without feeling guilty. What: Worn by Kate Middleton, Mirabelle makes handmade fair trade jewellery as well as a British Made collection.
Think pretty pendants at good prices. Wear: Hammered pendant, £69 What: Committed to ethical trading, Monsoon’s ethical compliance team regularly checks that their factories are abiding by its Code of Conduct which sets out minimum requirements on working conditions, pay and employment rights. 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.
Critically, they are also set to be the most important consumer group yet, with estimates of annual spending projected at around $200 billion by 2017, and $10 trillion over their lifetimes as consumers. With these figures comes the all-important question of how business can best cater to this multi-faceted millennial marketplace—the real questions being what do they value? And therefore, what do they want to spend their money on? The question points us back to sustainability. Recent studies indicate that millennials have a new, insistent consumer appetite that is colored distinctly green.
However, the main problem facing these pioneering brands is gaining consumer exposure. 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.
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. 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.
Copenhagen Fashion Week Spotlights Sustainability. Copenhagen Fashion Week, which began Wednesday and runs through Friday, is giving sustainability some good play.
How PETA Won the Angora Debate and What It Means for Fashion. NEW YORK, United States — In the spring of 2016, a group of top-tier fashion executives convened in midtown Manhattan for a closed-door meeting.
The conversation centred on the treatment of animals and the ethics policies they had in place. It was clear that many brands felt more pressure than ever to cooperate with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — the international non-profit organisation widely known as PETA. Met Gala 2016: Emma Watson wears a Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles. H&M on Conscious Materials. A Nobel Prize for Sustainable Fashion. Before we finish eating breakfast each morning, we have already depended on more than half of the world.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s words remind us we are not only what we eat, we are what we wear, and we are everything we are thanks to the world’s work. We already compose a full circle of global citizenship and interdependent community, now it’s time to bring the economy full circle too. As the second dirtiest industry in the world after oil, the fashion sector is the key to advancing sustainability globally. Fast Fashion: Cheap Clothes = Huge Environmental Cost - EcoWatch. Fast fashion brands may be killing the planet, a Newsweek investigation revealed earlier this month.
Clothes which are processed to get them on the market as quickly as possible—a model favored by H&M, Zara's, and Forever 21—come at a very high environmental cost, with millions of tons of clothes winding up in trash bins, incinerators and landfills. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 84 percent of discarded clothes winds up in an incinerator or landfill. Popular clothing chains are trying to mask the environmental impacts by launching programs that claim to recycle clothes. Copenhagen Fashion Week Spotlights Sustainability. Meet the future stars of sustainable fashion. A new breed of fashion designer is putting ethics at the heart of everything they do.
No longer is sustainability and social responsibility a token extra or cynical marketing ploy.