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Responsibility in Fashion. Promoting innovation, inspiration and collaboration in the movement toward environmental and social responsibility in the global fashion industry.
Responsibility in Fashion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
The production of clothing is a dirty business, ranking second in global industrial pollution output and responsible for a growing global humanitarian crisis of widespread poverty wages, hazardous working conditions, agricultural pesticide poisoning and child labor.
► The textile and clothing industry ranks second behind the petrochemical industry in overall global pollution output and is responsible for over 10% of harmful greenhouse emissions. (Source: Forbes) ► Production of nylon emits Nitrous Oxide (N2O) a greenhouse gas with a carbon footprint more than 200 times greater than CO2. (Source: The New York Times) ► Cotton is the world's number-one pesticide consuming crop. (Source: Forbes) ► An estimated 44-77 million cases of agricultural pesticide poisoning are reported annually. (Source: Ethical Fashion Forum and Environmental Justice Foundation) ► Garment workers typically face poverty wages, hazardous and toxic working conditions, exhaustion, sexual harassment, excessive hours and forced overtime. (Source: The Clean Clothes Campaign) ► The global fashion industry is a leading employer of child-laborers. In India alone, an estimated 400,000 children are employed in the cultivation of cotton. (Source: World Wildlife Fund)
The global repercussions of the fashion industry's overuse of toxic chemicals and pesticides, pollution, emissions, poverty wages, child labor and hazardous working conditions impact the health of our families and the lives of millions around the world.
► Many toxic chemicals and pesticides used in the cultivation and manufacturing of textiles remain detectable on clothing even after multiple washings. (Source: Stockholm University Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry) ► For every conventional-cotton t-shirt produced, 1/3 of a pound of pesticides are used— pesticides that end up in our ecosystem, are washed into our water systems and/or remain in our clothes. (Source: National Resources Defense Council) ► Five of the nine pesticides used on conventionally-grown cotton are known carcinogens. (Cyanide, Dicofol, Naled, Propargite, and Trifluralin.) (Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency)
So, what can we do to help?
First, start by recognizing the business potential of clean materials, clean manufacturing and offering basic rights to all workers* and start taking responsible steps, volunteer, or become a corporate sponsor. *Consumers in growing numbers are seeking out responsible brands and questioning the impact of every product they shop. Cost-neutral responsible materials are becoming more readily available. Smarter brands are keeping up on innovative technologies, taking responsible steps, celebrating their successes with their followers, and realizing the benefits of the informed, empowered and engaged consumer on their bottom line.
Responsibility is simple: clean materials, clean manufacturing and basic rights for workers.
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► From New York to Dhaka and Beijing, the cost of access to information is putting responsibility out of reach of thousands of brands, designers and manufacturers. Fees and memberships charged to access basic responsibility information (the fundamental first step to move any brand toward more responsible materials and manufacturing) runs into the tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars— a harsh reality facing small and medium sized brands, and standing in the way of a responsible global fashion industry.
Open access to information, resources and suppliers (open-sourcing) is the first step toward a more responsible fashion industry. Responsibility in Fashion is committed to providing the global fashion industry with free and open access to basic responsibility information and resources.
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Responsibility in Fashion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of innovative programs designed to raise the standard of responsibility in the global fashion industry.
Promoting innovation, inspiration and collaboration in the movement toward environmental and social responsibility in the global fashion industry.
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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