Responsibility in Fashion is working to empower and inspire environmental and social responsibility across the global fashion industry. Responsibility in Fashion. Moving fashion forward.
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We all need to face the not-so-glamourous facts about the fashion industry:
Fashion is a dirty business.
The fashion industry is a global leader in water pollution, air pollution, waste and greenhouse gas emission.
► Clothing and textile production is the second most polluting global industry. (Ecowatch) ► The production of nylon emits a greenhouse gas with a carbon footprint more than 200 times greater than CO2. (Nitrous Oxide) (The New York Times) ► The Chinese textile industry produces 3 billion tons of soot each year. (NRDC) ► 1.3 billion tons of fabric waste is created each year. (Threadsol and Forbes) ► Dyeing a ton of fabric requires approximately 200 tons of water. (The Guardian) ► Chinese textile mills routinely dump their untreated toxic dyes into rivers. (The Guardian) ► The United States produces 25 billion pounds of clothing waste every single year. (Council for Textile Recycling) ► The average American throws away more than 68 pounds of clothing annually. (Council for Textile Recycling)
Fashion is a toxic business.
The production of clothing uses massive amounts of highly toxic chemicals and pesticides that remain in our ecosystem and on the clothes we buy.
► The production of cotton releases 38.3 million tons of pesticides annually into our global ecosystem. (Organic Trade Association) ► Five of the nine most common pesticides used on cotton are known carcinogens. (Cyanide, Dicofol, Naled, Propargite, & Trifluralin) (EPA) ► More pesticides are used on cotton than any other crop in the world. (Forbes) ► 1/3 of a pound of pesticides enters our ecosystem with every conventional-cotton t-shirt produced. (NRDC) ► Even after multiple washings, hundreds of the toxic chemicals and pesticides used in the cultivation and manufacturing of clothing remain in significant amounts. (Stockholm University) ► Nearly two-thirds of the underground water in China is "unfit for human contact." (Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning) ► The dumping of the highly toxic and known carcinogen hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) from leather tanning is polluting our oceans. (Scientific America) ► 70% of the toxic chemical used in conventional dry cleaning (Perchloroethylene) ends up in our ecosystem and on the clothing we dry clean. (Georgetown University Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry, Washington Post & Greenpeace)
Fashion is an inhumane business.
The fashion industry is facing a global humanitarian crisis of poverty wages, hazardous working conditions, agricultural pesticide poisoning, human trafficking and child labor.
► Globally, the typical garment worker survives on a fraction of a living wage, working long hours and often seven a week in unhealthy and unsafe working conditions. (Forbes) ► More than 44 million cases of agricultural pesticide poisoning are reported annually. (Ethical Fashion Forum & Environmental Justice Foundation) ► In the 4 years since the Rana Plaza building collapse, of the over 7000 garment factories in Bangladesh, only 7 factories have fully implemented worker-safety action plans. (The Business of Fashion) ►  In the garment industry, an estimated 21 million people are currently victims of human trafficking, and of that nearly 79% are also victims of forced labor. (ILO) ► The production of clothing is a leading employer of child-laborers. In India alone, an estimated 400,000 children are employed in the cultivation of cotton. (WWF)
Global consumers in growing numbers are seeking out clothing free of toxic chemicals from brands that respect the quality of life and safety of their workers.
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Responsibility in Fashion's Network of Industry Thought Leaders:
Robert Bergmann / Founder, Responsibility in Fashion
Burak Cakmak / Parsons School of Design
Anna Scott Carter / Clean by Design, Natural Resources Defense Council
Simone Cipriani / Ethical Fashion Initiative, United Nations
Jonas Eder-Hansen / The Danish Fashion Institute
Livia Firth / Eco-Age
Julie Gilhart
Linda Greer / Clean by Design, Natural Resources Defense Council
Scott Mackinlay Hahn / Loomstate
Amy Hall / Eileen Fisher
Anna McMullen / Labour Behind the Label
Andrew Morgan / The True Cost
Chloé Mukai / Ethical Fashion Initiative, United Nations
Diana Verde Nieto / Positive Luxury
LaRhea Pepper / Textile Exchange
Lewis Perkins / Fashion Positive, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Timo Rissanen / Parsons School of Design
Lisa Smilor / Council of Fashion Designers of America
Marina Spadafora / Altos de Chavón School of Design
Tyson Toussant / Bionic Yarn
Amber Valletta / Master & Muse
Dilys Williams / Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London
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