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Responsibility in Fashion is dedicated to empowering and inspiring the global fashion industry toward clean materials, clean manufacturing and basic rights for workers.
Responsibility in Fashion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We need to face the facts.
From unprecedented levels of air pollution, water pollution, waste and carbon emissions in our ecosystem, to pesticides and toxic chemicals in our clothes— we can't ignore the industry's impact on our lives, the lives of our families, and the lives of millions around the world.
1. The leader in global pollution output is the petrochemical industry, followed by the clothing and textile industry (Forbes). 2. The monthly minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh is $68, while a living wage is estimated at $327 (Bloomberg, The New York Times, Reuters, Tribune, WSJ, Financial Times and NPR). 3. Forbes and NRDC 4. Forbes 5. Ethical Fashion Forum and Environmental Justice Foundation 6. Forbes 7. World Wildlife Fund 8. The 5 pesticides are: Cyanide, Dicofol, Naled, Propargite, and Trifluralin (EPA). 9. Stockholm University Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, 2015 10. The New York Times
How we're building a responsible global fashion industry.
By providing open access to basic information, tools and resources for brands and designers with limited financial means.
By inspiring and empowering brands to start taking responsible steps. By honoring responsible innovation and achievement.
By supporting the development of innovative and cost-effective responsible materials and manufacturing.
By simplifying terminology, iconography and communication. By providing the industry with simple and achievable responsible steps.
By bringing together thought leaders, brands, organizations, consultancies, influencers and innovators.
Access to information is fundamental.
Thousands of brands and designers around the world have the desire and ability to evolve their brands, but lack access to essential information and resources. Fees and memberships can cost into the tens of thousands of dollars, making responsibility impossible for the majority of smaller brands worldwide. If we're at all serious about helping to solve the long list of the industry's ecological and social problems, we need to make information easily accessible to brands and designers with limited financial means, especially those wanting to "move the needle." Responsibility in Fashion is committed to making accessibility to essential information, resources and tools possible for the significant segment of the global fashion industry with limited financial means.
Responsibility basics, practical steps and a comprehensive listing of global resources and tools. A roadmap for responsible design. A strategy for better business. A starting point for a more responsible fashion industry. Get started today.
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Face the facts.
First, we need to face the facts about the industry we work in. From widespread chemical dumping, pesticide and toxic chemicals overuse, worker abuse and child labor, to unprecedented levels of air pollution, carbon emissions and waste— the production of clothing and textiles has grown into the world's second most polluting industry,* employing millions in working conditions that are unsafe and unhealthy.
Challenge rationalization.
Rationalization comes in many forms— not enough time, not enough information, not enough budget, we're too big, we're too small, and so on. We all need to start challenging rationalization within our brands and start encouraging the taking of responsible steps.
Recognize the business potential of responsibility.
Consumers in growing numbers are seeking out responsible brands and questioning the environmental and social impact of every product they shop. Every day, cost-effective responsible materials and processes are becoming more readily available. Smarter brands are keeping up on innovation in technologies and materials, taking responsible steps, sharing and celebrating their successes with their followers and realizing the benefits of the informed, empowered and engaged consumer on their bottom line.
Encourage your brand to take responsible steps.
Start a responsibility workgroup using our Responsibility Toolkit as a guide. Watch The True Cost. Source and recommend responsible materials, manufacturers and technologies. Share our platform with your coworkers, your network of friends at other brands and on social media.
*Source: Forbes. ©2017 Responsibility In Fashion Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Responsibility in Fashion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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Responsibility in Fashion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization raising the standard of responsibility in the global fashion industry through innovation, inspiration and open-source information.
Responsibility in Fashion is currently working on programs and initiatives to: expand global access to basic responsibility information and resources, inspire and empower brands to start taking responsible steps, support development of innovative and cost-effective responsible materials and manufacturing, simplify and clarify terminology, iconography and communication, bring together thought leaders, brands, influencers and innovators, and honor responsible innovation and achievement.
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
Responsibility in Fashion has the ongoing support of The Council of Fashion Designers of America
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