Fashion Declares

Should the fashion industry declare a climate, ecological and social crisis?

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 13 May 2021

This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod

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Today, (13 May), a group of leaders from sustainable fashion will come together to explore how to instigate positive change in the fashion sector.

Mike Barry, Mariusz Stochaj, Sally Bailey and other leading lights in sustainable fashion will discuss the potential for fashion professionals to create their own movement, Fashion Declares.

The goal is to help the fashion sector become a force for good in tackling the climate, ecological and social crises.

The impact of fashion

Fashion is responsible for 10% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 20% of global water waste, making it the second-most polluting industry behind the petrochemicals industry.

Today we are consuming 400% more clothes than we were 20 years ago, and yet around 85% of our clothes end up at landfill sites – often having been worn only a handful of times.

Garment production is predicted to grow by 81% by 2030; this surge in demand for cotton, viscose, wool, rubber, leather hides and other natural fibres will require vast swathes of agricultural land.

150 million trees are logged every year to be turned into cellulosic fabrics such as viscose.

Event details

13 May 2021
12:00-13.00 BST
Free
Register here

Declaring an emergency

On Earth Day 2019, Fashion Revolution signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and declared a Climate Emergency.

More recently, there have been calls to tax fast fashion following revelations that a £4 T-shirt should cost over twice as much – almost £9 – if fast fashion brands were held accountable for the true cost to people and planet of manufacturing their goods irresponsibly.

Take part in fashion’s future

This webinar is designed for anyone in the fashion industry – designers, technicians, buyers, merchandisers, operations, marketing, sales & PR, finance, makers, models, influencers, producers and sustainability staff at all levels.

The online event will be led by Safia Minney MBE and facilitated by Ben Tolhurst from Business Declares.

Safia recently launched REAL Sustainability, a new leadership project that delivers programmes that support research, education, action and leadership towards our shared emergent future.

The event is free – click here to book your place if you’d like to help shape a positive future for the fashion industry.

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