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The Growing Focus on Social Responsibility in Fashion

As “organic”, “free trade” and “100% recycled” are becoming buzz words across multiple industries, we see fashion too turning its attention to sustainable, socially conscious production.

Vogue recently published a pair of articles focusing on how designers and production companies are slowly turning their attention and focus towards sustainable practice that is good for their workers, their consumers, and nature itself.

“Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition…[referred] to the world’s leading business event on sustainable fashion as a “summit for change, a summit for solutions”. She reminded the industry of its collective responsibility to think about the effects of its choices, because fashion will never be separate to society. One single garment, for example, doesn’t just affect the person who wears it, the choice to purchase that garment affects the workers who earn the right to a fair wage, the workers who don’t want to fear for their lives in factories, the workers who need clean air and water, and everyone around the world whose future depends on cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

“‘Sustainability has to be built in every part of change.’ Vestager told the summit. ‘It has to be fundamental. It’s not for the fainthearted, but I don’t think anyone would accuse fashion of being fainthearted.’” Why We Need to Talk About Transparency in Fashion, written by Alice Newbold, published 17-May-2018.

“‘I think that a lot of people really don’t know this issue… a lot of people don’t know that fashion is the second dirtiest industry in the world.’ [states Amber Valletta] ‘There are a lot of perfectionists within companies and brands… They’re scared to come out of the shadows… because if they’re not doing enough they’re afraid they’re going to get some sort of backlash. I think that’s really sad that we’re doing that to ourselves.’” Stella McCartney, Lily Cole and Amber Valletta on Why Sustainable Fashion Needs More Voices, written by Alice Newbold, published 18-May-2018.

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As technology and science continue to move forward, we here at No. 25 of Bourne End look forward to seeing what the future has in store!

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