WHAT EXACTLY IS SUSTAINABLE FASHION?
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