Drapers revealed its shortlist for its 2020 Sustainable Fashion Awards that recognize the progress being made to decrease the fashion industry's social and environmental impact.

Due to the growing public health concerns caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Drapers decided to transform this year's Sustainable Fashion Awards into a week-long content-based celebration in early July.

The winners will be chosen in July by an independent panel of judges including fashion, retail, and sustainability experts. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of businesses and brands that are making a difference.

Drapers is a business-to-business magazine and website now owned by Metropolis International Group Limited. It was founded in 1887 to cover women's clothing retail trade.

Today, Drapers publishes content for the whole fashion industry on many retail issues such as digitalization, technology, and supply chain management. It also regularly hosts events, awards ceremonies, and conferences.

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries. It creates large amounts of waste, pollution, and carbon emissions each year. The industry also exploits lots of natural resources and consumes a huge quantity of water and energy.

Read up my article on the fashion industry's catastrophic contribution to climate change to learn more about these issues and the possible solutions.

The whole fashion system has many major sustainability problems. Despite the efforts made by brands and retailers to minimize their negative impact, change needs to happen faster.

Companies and organizations must take massive action to increase the use of sustainability practices throughout the whole supply chain.

We are on the verge of a global social and environmental crisis. Governments and scientists all around the world acknowledge that humanity is in a climate emergency.

Positive change is needed more than ever before. It's time to find solutions to the fashion industry’s environmental and social impact and drive innovation in the way we produce and consume clothes.

Drapers 2020 Sustainable Fashion Awards is an amazing opportunity to discuss the textile and apparel industry issues through innovation and creativity. It brings together the most sustainable brands and retailers, trailblazers, disruptors, pioneers, and progressive thinkers.

Here is Drapers' shortlist:

Best Carbon Footprint Initiative

  • Lemon Jelly
  • Slo Active
  • Superdry

Best Customer Engagement Campaign

  • Birdsong
  • Bottletop
  • Ecoalf
  • John Lewis & Partners
  • Oxfam
  • Raeburn

Best Supply Chain Initiative

  • Filippa K
  • H&M
  • Kathmandu
  • Masai
  • Superdry

Best Use of Technology for Good

  • Ecoalf
  • Farfetch x Good On You
  • H&M
  • Kathmandu
  • Pentland Brands
  • Tejidos Royo
  • Wrangler

Brand of the Year (<£30m turnover)

  • Bower Swimwear
  • Findra
  • Finisterre
  • Izabel London
  • Lowie
  • Lucy & Yak
  • Matt & Nat
  • Raeburn
  • Royce Lingerie
  • Thought Fashion
  • WoolOvers

Brand of the Year (£30m+ turnover)

  • Berghaus
  • Craghoppers
  • Hunter
  • Meyer
  • Superdry
  • Wrangler

Graduate Award

  • Mia Herrod, Norwich University of the Arts
  • Kate MacMahon, Edinburgh College of Arts
  • Rebecca Powell, Portsmouth University

Progress toward circularity

  • Fabric For Freedom
  • Farfetch
  • H&M
  • Hunter
  • Napapijri
  • Nudie Jeans
  • Swedish Stockings

Recommerce Award

  • ACS Clothing
  • Designer Exchange
  • Handbag Clinic
  • Hirestreet
  • My Wardrobe HQ
  • Rotaro

Retailer of the Year

  • H&M
  • Joules
  • Selfridges
  • Oh Polly
  • Wolf & Badger

Sustainable Textile Innovation

  • Candiani Denim
  • Coats
  • Isko
  • Izabel London
  • Re:newcell
  • Vivobarefoot


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