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Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

‘Ethical fashion is the recognition that there are human beings behind the clothes that we wear’

Elizabeth Joy

Ethical & Sustainable Fashion

A 2021 report from the World Economic Forum identified the fashion industry as the planet’s third largest polluter (after food and construction). From the supply chain to the end product, the fashion industry produces more CO2 emissions than both the shipping and aviation industries combined! When you consider the various processes required to create a piece of clothing, from the raw material, to the manufacturing, production and transport, you might be surprised it’s the fibres that are responsible for the most emissions. Almost two-thirds of clothing use synthetic fibres like polyester and nylon. These fibres are non-renewable and created from fossil fuels – most commonly crude oil. 

Over the last few years I have seen some wonderful companies be created, producing sustainable and ethical clothing, not only with recycled textiles, but focusing on the entire production and manufacturing processes, ensuring every aspect of their business is helping both people and the planet.

Check out our recommendations for ethical & sustainable fashion in our Eco Directory.

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