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Vivienne Westwood sustainability

Vivienne Westwood


Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood is a British fashion designer and activist that promotes high-fashion without the high stakes for the planet. She works hard to stop climate change and the extinction of life on Earth.

The luxury designer is passionate about the environment and using fashion as a vehicle for activism. Her brand designs sustainable collections of beautifully crafted apparel, jewelry, bags, and accessories for women and men.

Vivienne Westwood's collections, collaborations, and catwalk shows promote innovative design, campaign for protecting life on Earth, and mobilize people around climate change and human rights.



Sustainability Rating: 5/10

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Category: Clothing, bags, shoes, accessories, jewelry

For: Women, men

Type: Basics, knitwear, loungewear, outerwear, underwear, weddings, flats, sneakers, boots, sandals

Style: Chic, classic

Quality: High

Price: $$$

Sizes: XS-XL, 2-14 (US), 4-16 (UK), 32-48 (EU), 4-16 (AU)

Fabrics: Cotton, linen, hemp, lyocell, modal, viscose, cupro, acetate, polyester, nylon, spandex, leather, wool, silk

100% Organic: No

100% Vegan: No

Ethical & Fair: Yes

Recycling: Yes

Producing country: not transparent enough

Certifications: GOTS, BCI, GRS, RCS, FSC, REACH, RWS



Sustainability Practices

Vivienne Westwood raises awareness of the environmental impact of
overconsumption, urging people to buy less and buy better quality clothes while creating collections that meet this standard.

Vivienne Westwood uses a high proportion of sustainable materials such as organic cotton, linen, hemp, and recycled synthetic fabrics such as recycled polyester and regenerated nylon.

The designer brand also uses some semi-synthetic regenerated fibers such as lyocell, modal, viscose, cupro, and acetate made from renewable materials.

Vivienne Westwood produces some collections in the United Kingdom, Italy, China, and Africa. The group has a code of conduct that applies to all its suppliers and subcontractors based on the regulations set by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Vivienne Westwood is committed to working with partners that share its values and aim to be accountable for the labor conditions under which its products are manufactured.

However, the designer brand isn't transparent enough. It doesn't publish a list of its manufacturing and processing facilities on its corporate website.

Vivienne Westwood provides very little information regarding how she chooses her network of suppliers, or how often audits are conducted to ensure ethical and sustainable production, ethical working conditions, social and labor standards, safety, and other important rights for workers in its supply chain.

Vivienne Westwood doesn't use any exotic animal skin, or hair, fur, angora. But she uses leather, wool, and silk to manufacture many of her clothing pieces.

These animal-derived materials are cruel and unethical and harm the environment by producing greenhouse gases and wastes. More sustainable alternatives exist.



Sustainability Goals

Vivienne Westwood aims to eliminate the use of fabrics made of dissolving pulp from ancient and endangered forests areas by 2021.

The brand is committed to using organic cotton made from certified organic yarns in 80% of its production by 2020. It's also taking measures to eliminate all the hazardous substances from production by 2020.

Vivienne Westwood joined the Fashion SWITCH to Green campaign to lead ambitious climate action for a greener, safer future for all. It commits to choosing a green energy supplier or a green energy tariff by 2020.



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Discover Vivienne Westwood's sustainable collections at viviennewestwood.com.


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