In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy “to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry.”
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Launched in 2014, Fashion Positive aims to retool the entire global fashion supply chain and help create more sustainable materials, processes and products. Already, the initiative is collaborating with brands such as Stella McCartney, G-Star RAW, Bionic Yarn, Loomstate and Belk department stores. While most of the sustainability conversation in the fashion industry focuses on going to zero – zero waste, zero water, zero energy, zero toxins – Fashion Positive wants to create more good instead of just less bad.
Fashion designer Natalia Allen has created a new model for sustainable fashion that has made the fashion world take notice. 3p spoke with Allen to learn more about what drives her purposefully-created clothes and how her approach to sustainability is to do more with less.
A brief look into the industry’s storied past illuminates how corporate style-setters have responded to shifting consumer demands, market trends and natural resource constraints over the years – signaling what the future of sustainable fashion might hold.
With its CHEM-IQ program, VF Corp. is not only turning a potential reputational risk into an innovative opportunity, but it is also reassuring consumers about the company’s products and heartening other industry players to do the same.
In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in the Dominican Republic that pays employees 300 percent above the legal minimum wage – is a one-of-a-kind social enterprise.
The realized growth in the fast fashion market has been astounding – and it’s leaving conventional apparel retailers in the dust. Yet recent events have shed light on questionable aspects of fast fashion’s modus operandi that are prompting some consumers to think twice.
New York City’s apparel manufacturing sector is about to get a makeover: To reignite local fashion manufacturing and spur economic development, the city recently announced it will invest $3.5 million to help launch the fashion incubator Manufacture New York, a co-location center with sustainability in its DNA.
Over the past decade, rapidly made garments – sold at low prices and manufactured at even lower price points – have proliferated shopping centers across the nation. In some fast fashion shops, consumers can even buy an outfit for the price of a Happy Meal.
When you hear the words “locally grown,” images of leafy-green-lined farmer’s markets, multi-colored CSA boxes, and interestingly odd-shaped heirloom tomatoes may come to mind – and not necessarily a piece of clothing. Borrowing a cue from the local food movement, The North Face has developed an all-cotton hoodie that was grown, designed, cut and sewn within 150 miles of its corporate headquarters in California.
Notwithstanding the progress that Western companies, labor unions and the local government continue to make to secure safe working conditions for garment workers, several social enterprises are helping to advance the sustainability of the global apparel supply chain beyond safety compliance.
While only 2 percent of our clothes are made domestically, Zady’s knit wool sweater was entirely designed and manufactured in the United States. And that’s not all that makes these sweaters sustainable.
prAna was recently acquired by outdoor retailer Columbia. CEO Scott Kerslake how the company will and won’t change from its core mission.
Just like other apparel industry sustainability tools, the RDS hopes to take an entire industry’s ethical sourcing of down to the next level.