The mission of the ECO Fashion Week | San Francisco is to support and promote sustainable practices; facilitate collaboration; implement initiatives; raise awareness; and provide the tools and resources needed to reduce poverty, reduce environmental damage and raise standards in the fashion industry.
The UN has set out clear Sustainable Development Goals — also known as Global Goals or the SDGs, and formally named Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . This is an inter-governmental agreement of the United Nations signed by 193 countries, and provides a framework to be implemented by “all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership” around a set of 17 specific, aspirational goals that address the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
With 169 targets to be met by the year 2030, and over 232 indicators for measuring progress, the Global Goals were designed to stimulate action in the following areas: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships. In addition, the themes covered by Global Goals (which include poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, equality, sanitation, decent work, and production) all reflect current challenges and risks facing the textile value chain.
implementing sustainable practices will have far-reaching impact. Better global goals for a more sustainable fashion industry. Discuss the future of the sustainable textile industry. Global goals for a more sustainable textile industry.
Apparel brands are well suited to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal 12 for responsible consumption and production, due to the complexity and expansiveness of their footprint.
Sustainable development is the new black, at least at the European Development Days and for a number of campaigns and initiatives working to increase sustainable production and consumption patterns in the garment industry.
Despite being dubbed the world’s second largest industrial polluter after oil, the $2.5 trillion fashion industry supports over 60 million workers throughout the global value chain.
“GREEN is the New Black.”
As a billion dollar industry and the second most polluting business after oil, fashion has a direct impact on the environment. The processing of raw materials required for textiles and the vast amounts of water used (2,700 litres per single t-shirt) contributes to the emission of greenhouse gasses which are causing climate change. The arrival of fast fashion and the massive increase in number of clothes that we are buying (and quickly discarding) means that this impact is only getting greater. It is amazing then that the industry is not addressing this issue head on. Just as we are pressurizing governments at COP21, so we should be questioning our fashion brands and using our powers as consumers to create positive change.
UN Climate Change encourages sustainable fashion through its Climate Neutral Now (CNN) campaign which connects organizations that want to offset carbon emission with investments in carbon emissions reductions across the developing world.
The 2018 Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report also contains positive news. There was a 6% increase in general sustainability efforts across the entire garment industry since last year’s report. The weakest points in the industry are small and medium sized enterprises in the entry- to mid-price segments which comprise just over 50% of the entire industry, pointing to issues of scale in implementing general sustainability measures. However, new data presented in the 2017 report shows that a failure to implement sustainability measures into garment production will cause companies to lose out on a 2% increase in earnings by 2030.