WHAT EX­ACTLY IS SUS­TAIN­ABLE FASH­ION?

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - Fashion Insider -

Sus­tain­abil­ity is about more than just where and how ma­te­ri­als are sourced. The Eth­i­cal Fash­ion Fo­rum is a not-for-profit net­work fo­cus­ing on so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity in the fash­ion in­dus­try. It notes 10 key ar­eas:

1 Coun­ter­ing fast, cheap fash­ion and dam­ag­ing pat­terns of fash­ion con­sump­tion.

2 De­fend­ing fair wages, work­ing conditions and work­ers’ rights.

3 Sup­port­ing sus­tain­able liveli­hoods.

4 Ad­dress­ing toxic pes­ti­cide and chem­i­cal use.

5 Us­ing and/or de­vel­op­ing eco-friendly fab­rics and com­po­nents.

6 Min­imis­ing water use.

7 Re­cy­cling and ad­dress­ing en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and waste.

8 De­vel­op­ing or pro­mot­ing sus­tain­abil­ity stan­dards for fash­ion.

9 Re­sources, train­ing and/or aware­ness-rais­ing ini­tia­tives.

10 An­i­mal rights and wel­fare.

Slave to Fash­ion by Safia Min­ney, R313 Ex­clu­sive­books.co.za

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