A good report on sustainable challenges on the Sustainable Brands website. The article covers some of these key issues facing an industry that should become more ethical and environmentally friendly.
Does ethical manufacture have staying power in trend-driven markets?
Is ethical manufacture viable for low-margin products?
How can we speed up transitions in industries such as these?
The sustainability challenges facing the clothing industry today are immense. In 2013 the Danish fashion institute estimated it to be the second-most damaging industry in the world, with 25 percent of the world’s pesticides used to grow cotton alone, and one-fifth of industrial water pollution stemming from the dyeing and treatment of fabric. The U.S. alone throws away 13 million tons of clothes per year and conditions in clothing factories worldwide are often poor, with incidents such as the Rana Plaza collapse serving to illustrate the human impact of an industry largely built on outsourced, low-paid labour.http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/supply_chain/adam_gerschel-clarke/what_can_ethical_fashion_movement_teach_us_about_ta