“Slow fashion makes more sense than waste – Transition to sustainable production and consumption includes a strong focus on localisation” – Written by Gray Maguire, Business Day, 03 November 2020.
As always, another insightful article by Gray Maguire. Here are some of my key takeaways from this article. I have added some additional links that might be of interest.
Some key statistics quoted from the article:
- The fashion industry is said to be responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions. If the trend continues, emissions could increase by more than 50% by 2030.
- In addition to the carbon emissions, demand for plastic-enhanced fabrics results in half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres going into the ocean every year, the equivalent of 50-billion plastic bottles.
- According to the Fashion Revolution Transparency Index 2020 edition — Woolworths, Mr Price, Truworths and Foschini — all scored below average in the 11%-20% category and less than 2% for the traceability of their factories, processing facilities and raw materials.
Some key insights from the article:
The slow fashion transition includes;
- a strong focus on localisation
- greater collaboration between designers and the downstream value chain
- more focus on sustainable reduced-plastic fibres
- tackling its environmental footprint to curb emissions and fabric waste.