Fashion brands both high-end and high-street have joined forces to sign on a new charter to help battle climate change. The thriving multitrillion-dollar fashion industry is responsible for climate change with its emission of greenhouse gas. We’re talking about textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries. It starts with the production of raw materials to the making of garments and the distribution and consumption of it all. The whole process produces intensive energy.
Renowned apparel brands such as Stella McCartney, Burberry, Esprit, Guess, H&M Group, and Boss to name a few are playing their part by joining the recently launched United Nation Climate Change Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.
The charter is aligned with the Paris agreement and the goal is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Aside from zero-emission the industries are encouraged to source climate-friendly and sustainable materials to use. The initial target is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas by 30% by 2030. All signatories have pledged to implement or support the 16 principles and targets that are cultivated by working groups assembled by the UN Climate Change.
During an interview at the conference English fashion designer Stella McCartney had this to say about being a part of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. “I want to call on my peers in the business, from other brands to retailers and suppliers, to sign up to this charter now and take the necessary actions to address the reality of the issue of climate change in their business and value chains. Collectively we have a voice and the capacity to make a difference.”
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Puma CEO Bjørn Gulden is aware that more than 90% of Puma’s carbon footprint is being generated in shared supply chains and is keen to work together with other industry peers to collectively reduce carbon emissions.
In 2017 Burberry was criticized for destroying up to 36 million dollars worth of clothes and perfumes and this caused outrage amongst the public. Ever since then Burberry has banned the destroying of unsold clothes and perfumes.
Other clothing companies have hopped on board and are moving forward by making shoes with biodegradable soles or using organically grown fibers in the fabric.