Hey guys, so it’s almost April, and I’m sorry I’ve been quiet. I’ve been a little busy with attending industry events and creating and curating my 2019 calendar, plus I’ve got some juicy video content that I’m working on that’s taken up a bit of my time.
Fashion Revolution Week is upon us too – April is an important month for #fashion!
So, to keep you up-to-date, here is some news that you need to know right now to keep you in good stead when you’re ‘working the room’ come April 22nd.
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The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion was launched on 15th March at the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. Its aim is to seek to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion and instead harness the industry as a driver for improving the world’s ecosystems. The Alliance is improving collaboration among UN agencies by analysing their efforts in making fashion #sustainable, identifying solutions and gaps in their actions, and presenting these findings to governments to trigger policy. More on the story here. Why is this news important? Because Nairobi is home to the biggest secondhand clothing market in East Africa. Watch this very basic investigative video on what happens to your old donated clothes and textile waste by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Sustainability movements across the world you might have missed
Where fashion is at, right now
The Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group, in its Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report, puts fashion, as an industry, responsible for the emission of 1,715 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2015, about 5.4% of the 32.1 billion tons of global carbon emissions that year. The emission trail behind electricity and heat (24.9%), agriculture (13.8%), road transportation (10.5%), and oil and gas production (6.4%), and is equal to livestock (5.4%).
The Pulse of Fashion argues that the industry must do more to put fashion on a path to long-term prosperity — financially, socially, and environmentally — and measures its "Pulse" points (out of 100, based on metrics off the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index), to get there. Since 2017, their work has demonstrated that sustainability means good business. Their website states, "..new data and calculations show that investments in resource #efficiency, secure work environments and sustainable materials boost profitability by up to 1-2 percentage points in EBIT margin by 2030." In the end though, they have summoned that it needs to be a joint effort by investors, regulators, NGOs, academia and consumers — to create an ecosystem that supports transformational innovation and disruptive business models. Check out an article about the Report here. As at May 2018, the industry's Pulse sits at 32. The yearly Report’s release normally coincides with Copenhagen Fashion Summit, which brings us to…
Sustainability happenings that should be on your radar
Some industry stats you should be aware of by now, really
So there you have it – a healthy dose of fashion goodness enough to break your weekend reading list for now. I’ll be back with more!
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