The fashion industry creates a lot of waste and harms the environment. In keeping up with new trends and fast-fashion consumer demands, fashion companies must constantly create new products for those consumers who will readily throw out older items in their wardrobe. Ethical fashion, however, is a growing movement responding to the increasing consumer and advocate pressures on businesses to center sustainability in their operations is leading some companies to find more environmentally friendly processes.
Yael Aflalo has a strongly held passion for interiors. She can name-check Royère couches, and acknowledges how her taste started at Nelson mid-century before developing to ’70s Italianate Scarpa. But she is still patient enough to share her tips with an interiors novice: “Gather images of what you like first — start on Pinterest,” she says. “Then figure out the names of the images — it’s fine if you don’t know! Then put the name in 1st dibs and see what other furniture comes out, and how they describe them. You can figure it out from there.”
It’s this dialogue…
Fast Company Asks: Sick of all your furniture? Soon you can trade in your sofa.
Some 12 million tons of furniture ends up in a landfill annually. Sabai’s buyback program is hoping to change that.
There’s a growing awareness that the products we buy have a major impact on the planet. Consumers who want to minimize their environmental footprint can opt for secondhand clothes and biodegradable food packaging. But when it comes to furniture, it’s not easy to shop sustainably, which is why more than 12 million tons of sofas, desks, and cushions end up in American landfills every year.
The Guardian asks the question and answers:
Even the most ardent fan of elasticated waistbands would have to concede that 2020 has been an ugly year for fast fashion. The industry’s environmental issues are well known. It emits more carbon emissions than all international flight and maritime shipping combined, according to UNEP, the UN Environment Programme. The UK alone sends an estimated £140m worth, or 350,000 tonnes, of used clothing to landfill. …
Vogue covers the challenging world of Fashion design and production in the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic:
Resort has always been a weird season, an incongruous mash-up of “takeaway clothes” for the St. Tropez set and cozy sweaters for the rest of us. This year, the collections we saw in June and July were particularly dissonant: Designers who make party dresses tried their hand at jeans and T-shirts; tailored suits were replaced by their quarantine counterparts — sweatshirts and joggers. There was still the odd gown or nipped trouser, items likely completed in the ignorant bliss of “pre-quar.” As a result…
Vogue- once again features Sustainability in fashion, to quote from the article:
“The pandemic made the mentality we are working in feel more relevant,” explains Hearst, who is known for her uncompromising commitment to sustainability. “We were always thinking 10 years ahead, about when we have water shortages and climate disasters. The pandemic isn’t what’s going to wipe us out as a species, but the environmental crisis will. We have to change [our behaviors and systems] drastically, and the pandemic taught us that we can do that — we can change in the blink of an eye. We have the technology to make those changes in the fashion industry, but it just takes a new consciousness”
UNIDO- United Nations Industrial Development Organization shares the question and goes on to answer.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic shutdowns have created unprecedented challenges for the fashion industry, including declining consumer spending and disrupted supply chains. This situation may accelerate the shift to greener, more sustainable supply chains, which will not only be decisive for businesses, but also impact the future of the fashion industry as a whole.
In 2019, McKinsey identified sustainability as one of the key priorities for the fashion industry. Improving the sourcing of raw materials with better recycling processes, reducing water consumption, and substituting…
Designer Prabal Gurung, Farfetch CEO José Neves, CFDA’s Steven Kolb, and Vestiaire Collective’s Clara Chappaz offer a preview of upcoming seasons.
Every September for the past 10 years, designer Prabal Gurung has unveiled his latest creations at New York Fashion Week. “A fashion show is rather magical,” he says. “For six months, we go through the arduous and exciting process of creating. And for 10 minutes, we share that energy and emotion with the world. ”
But not this year. As the pandemic raged across the United States, Gurung — like many other designers — made the painful decision to…