The huge relationship between fashion and climate change is undeniable. The fashion industry was poised before the pandemic to make some changes.
Away from producing so much fast fashion, while making less of a carbon footprint.
But after the impact of the global pandemic on the economy, the role of the fashion industry in the destruction of the environment became more evident.
Fashion Industry needs to change and this girl shows us she wants us to Tell the Truth.
It was a blaring reminder that the fragmented industry has to change as a whole.
The industry has to work together, from manufacturing to changing the culture of fashion’s expectations in our society and around the world to work together in the prevention of global destruction, as a key participant.
At the moment large corporations are working together by producing fewer goods, less fast fashion, and regular seasons and even down to two a year following the example of Gucci.
A goal easier said than done as the Western Hemisphere has not invested in the technology necessary to make a yarn out of, for example, hemp (being grown on old tobacco farms) .
So much more necessary in the manufacturing of goods along with all sectors, an intersectional issue, excluding Europe who invested in the technology needed for manufacturing.
The hemp is grown in the US, shipped to Asia, as the sophisticated making of the yarn is made into yarn and/or fabric and possibly shipped again and sewn somewhere else, probably not in the Americas?
The US are also the people most addicted to fast fashion and yes it is an addiction.
These consumers need the education to care about sustainable fashion.
Fashion that is less disposable and has more desirability, possibly buy something that has a lasting power of five years or more. Hopefully bringing back the ideal, clothing concept or clothing becoming treasured again.
At one time clothing was handed down through generations. It was made with quality and appreciated for craftsmanship.
Second-hand clothing has become popular, nothing to scoff at. But at a different level than by Department Stores like Nordstrom, and the inexpensive furniture store Ikea taking back their second hand clothing.
Ikea is working on a way to make their cheap furniture recycled. Some progress is being made. But when wages are increased to the workers that will be real progress.
The movement to improve manufacturing with less waste and better design is spreading across the globe with all products from food to fashion. There is an interconnectedness for all of us to participate.
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We each can offer our knowledge and ingenuity to our clothing, our lifestyle in the way we eat and where we get our food to how we move around on the planet.
Groups such as Fashion Makes Change (FMC) is the fashion industry’s new solution that delivers women’s empowerment and climate action in tandem.
With a mission to build a community between brands, non-profits, consumers, and supporting industries to responsibly drive action on key social and environmental impacts of fashion, the organization acts as a transformational ecosystem.
“The truth is that the old way of doing things is not solving the problems. Incremental change isn’t good enough. We are moving too slowly,” said Cara Smyth, Chair of Fashion Makes Change. “Education is the great equalizer. In particular, investing in women builds resilient communities. Catalytic ecosystems that foster profound collaboration are powering the next generation of sustainability and are the only sensible path forward. We have a finite number of days before irreversible global warming. Fashion – and the world – are racing against the clock.”
Fashion Makes Change strives to build communities of changemakers that will help advance progress on key development goals and ultimately efforts designed to create a more equitable and responsible apparel industry.
Fashion Makes Change will initially look to targets aligned with SDG 3, Good health and well-being, SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 5 on Gender Equality, and SDG 8 which addresses Decent Work and Economic Growth.
One of the key organizations that Fashion Makes Change will support is the [email protected] Collaborative, a joint effort of United Nations’ ILO-IFC Better Work, BSR’s HERproject, CARE International, and Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E program, that works to leverage knowledge, skills, and networks to drive collective action for the benefit of women workers and gender equity in global supply chains.
Brands and retailers throughout the industry are mobilizing to educate women in the global supply chain at scale by 2030. This comes as the industry’s CEOs and their teams work collectively to demonstrate fashion as a powerful force for good in the world.
Consumers increasingly want to drive positive impact and are motivated when they have a voice in using their purchasing power to support the actions brands are taking.
The first activation will launch on March 8th, International Women’s Day 2020, with a program that engages consumers to round up or donate via a global network of retail and fashion brands. The proceeds will be dedicated to educating and empowering women in the supply chain via [email protected]
Funds collected will be deployed through Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit organization that helps donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy around the world through research, advisory, management, and project incubation.
The program has support from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Avery Dennison, PR Consulting, and the Accessories Council.
Furthermore, second hand, unique, want it to be the first option.
Depop has a customer base of a 23million and 93 percent are under 26. A company that is expanding access to used clothing. One of many. It is a bigger umbrella.
Usually unique, no one else will usually have the same item.
Another movement is to reuse clothing rather than see it go into the trash or shipped all over the world looking for a home as the rag quality that they are.
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With my background in production as a patternmaker and technical designer, I found many uses and opportunities for ways to scale up these clothes. Other companies that have scaled up doing similar work are:
Atelier and Repair.
Sustainable Fashion Forum
State of Fashion- BofF.com
EcoFashion.com online magazine
One resource for this article is from unitedfashion.com ‘Fashion Makes Change,’ Change Fashion? The new brand-led community promises solutions for the “equalizing” status of garment workers while tackling the climate crisis with collaboration. By Kaley Roshitsh on November 17, 2020