Undertaken by the ClimateWorks Foundation, “Measuring Fashion 2018” is a report on the environmental impact of the global apparel and footwear industries.
The study is based on the World Apparel and Footwear Life Cycle Database (WALDB) and provides impact results for climate change, water, and human health, among other indicators. Click here to see a summary that provides metrics-based guidance for companies committed to making viable changes to reduce their impacts, and also here for the full report.
The report concludes that circular material flow alone is not enough to ensure the apparel sector greatly reduces its impacts by 2030. Even by reaching the ambitious target of recycling 40% of fibers in clothing by 2030, the study estimates the sector would reduce emissions by only 3-6%.
My personal observation is that because of its rapid global growth, “Fast Fashion” is the environmental lightning rod for all products made from fibres, be they workwear, Manchester, carpets – or even slow fashion. Recent reports such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s report “A new textiles economy” (2017) and “Fashion at the crossroads” (2017) by Greenpeace are Fast Fashion centric and include claims such as “The current clothing system is extremely wasteful and polluting…..it is estimated that more than half of fast fashion produced is disposed of in under a year.” How does one separate Fast Fashion from Slow Fashion once it hits landfill?
Another observation is that these studies aggregate production of fibres, textiles and apparel across all fibres, products and producing nations. Countries and sectors that have worked towards sustainable production are aggregated into those that haven’t – see http://cottonaustralia.com.au/australian-cotton/environment/sustainability.
After nine years, my team and I are stepping down from managing the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations.
It has been an honour to serve the association and a privilege to work with a wonderful series of Chairs, namely Ken Richardson (Lifeline), Cathy Bray (The Smith Family), John Hillier (UnitingCare) and Michael Skudutis (Salvos Stores ST) and more recently Matt Davis (Salvos Stores). I am proud of our courageous efforts to protect the environment within which our members operate and to promote the benefits of the sector. We will miss the many wonderful people who work and volunteer within the sector – but its time to move on.
On behalf of NACRO Chair, Matt Davis, I am pleased to announce that following an extensive executive recruitment search with the NACRO National Executive, Omer Soker has been appointed NACRO’s new CEO effective from 8 March.
Recently released reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Greenpeace demonstrate the global angst for the ecological footprint that fast fashion has managed to make in recent years, though both recommend step change that may take years.
Fast fashion is both speeding up and dumbing down, while eroding the value of the secondhand experience. Slow fashion, also known as sustainable fashion, ensures quality inputs and manufacturing to lengthen the life of the garment. Slow fashion has greater value, is designed for longevity and therefore more merchantable in the secondhand economy.
A heartening confidence in manufacturing textiles in Australia is good reason for the owners of Melded Products to reinvest and reopen the iconic company.
Thanks to the efforts of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA), the Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association (a client of Apical International), Deakin University and its Institute for Frontier Materials, the Silk Road is coming to Australia in November 2015!
Op shops are the public face of the charity recycling sector, arguably Australia’s largest social enterprise network that raises funds for vital community support programs while playing an important environmental role.