COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis that has a disastrous impact on the fashion industry. But key players are still making progress toward more sustainability in the fashion world.
The fashion industry is the second-largest polluter globally. It's responsible for massive amounts of waste, pollution, and carbon emissions. It consumes enormous quantities of natural resources, water, and energy each year.
Due to the coronavirus, hundreds of thousands of people died and millions of people lost their livelihood, particularly in developing countries. Businesses went bankrupt and the economy is at an all-time low.
This month, fashion brands, designers, entrepreneurs, and organizations are calling for much-needed changes. It's time to slow down the fashion industry.
Here are 10 sustainability initiatives in the fashion industry announced in May 2020 alone.
Fashion Snoops Sustainability Discussions
Fashion Snoops hosted a discussion on sustainability between fashion experts on May 14th, 2020. They affirm that the textile and apparel industry as a whole is bound to become more sustainable after the COVID-19 crisis as the number of conscious consumers rises.
Sustainable Fashion Glossary by Condé Nast
Condé Nast just launched its Sustainable Fashion Glossary developed in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), a University of the Arts London (UAL) research center based at the London College of Fashion (LCF).
Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020
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.
Weaving a Better Future SAC Report
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), and Higg Co jointly published a new report on April 20th, 2020, titled Weaving a Better Future: Rebuilding a More Sustainable Fashion Industry After COVID-19.
Semi-Finalists of the European Sustainable Fashion Competition
The European Commission has announced 30 semi-finalists for its European Social Innovation Competition (EUSIC) themed Reimagine Fashion - changing behaviors for sustainable fashion.
Fashion Week is Moving to Frankfurt
After Paris, London, Milan, and New York, Fashion Week used to take place in Berlin every year as well. Germany's main Fashion Week event is moving from Berlin to Frankfurt next year.
Pre-Owned Fashion Now Available at Walmart
Walmart just partnered with ThredUp to offer second-hand clothing on its website. It's a great step for more sustainability in the fashion industry.
New Higg Brand And Retail Module for More Sustainability
The Higg Brand and Retail Module (Higg BRM) is a new tool from Higg Co and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). It guides fashion brands and retailers to introduce more sustainable practices in the apparel, footwear, and textile industry.
Global Fashion Agenda Sustainability Guide to Fashion Leaders
The Global Fashion Agenda urges fashion leaders to rebuild the fashion industry with sustainability in mind in a new report, the CEO Agenda 2020 - COVID 19 Edition.
Cotton Council International Joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Cotton Council International (CCI) just joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to work on improving sustainability in the fashion world.
About the Author: Alex Assoune
Alex Assoune (MS) is a global health and environmental advocate. He founded Panaprium to inspire others with conscious living, ethical, and sustainable fashion. Alex has worked in many countries to address social and environmental issues. He speaks three languages and holds two Master of Science degrees in Engineering from SIGMA and IFPEN schools.