“Second to oil, fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world.” – Dr Linda Greer in her article Remove Toxic Chemicals and Fabrics from Fashion’s Supply Chain.
Here is something we should all be thinking about a little more than we do as consumers, but certainly this sums up one of my own moral quandaries with the industry in which I work. I think about the way our collective awareness of the food industry has slowly, but significantly, changed what we want to put in our bodies and also how many (not all, I know) responsible food industry folks from farmers to chefs have shifted their processes to a better standard. Why not in fashion?
There really hasn’t been as much success with clothing and textiles. A few years ago everything was being marketed as sustainable or green fashion – these days not so much. Did industry folks move on to chase higher profit margins or did they realize they would have to put more work into changing their business-as-usual standards than they were willing to give?
While I’m at it, isn’t it time we get over the fast fashion, fashionista, bargainista, trend (all words that make me cringe) thing? Let’s move on from acquiring things to acquire things.