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Fashion Industry Sustainability

Big fashion brands are aware that the ethical and sustainable business model makes a much more profitable enterprise. This awareness has led them to be keener on at least adding or changing a component in their business to fit sustainable standards.

Although it can be defined in different ways, sustainability in the fashion industry is more like a delicate balancing act. The business tries to balance its need to sell and be profitable against the awareness that there are corresponding environmental and social issues that stem from their actions.

While efforts are being made to carry out sustainable practices in the fashion industry, there’s still a lot of room for improvement to make production and sourcing methods more ethical and eco-friendly.

1. Starting from the source
The fashion industry’s supply chain is a complex web of suppliers, consumers, factories, and human resources. And from this web comes the overlapping issues that have hounded fashion since its early beginnings.

A lot of materials used for fashion pieces come from plants and animals. For this industry to become more sustainable, there needs to be a shift from over-farming their sources of natural raw materials—a shift in making garments withstand not only wear and tear but also changing fashion trends.

2. Upcycling and closing the loop
If the materials used in making the original garment are durable, then they are most likely eligible to be upcycled or repurposed. Some pieces can be re-cut and re-sewn to make another garment. They can even be repurposed into other items like bags or woven belts if they are no longer suitable for clothes.

Some businesses have closed the loop in their supply chain because they are already able to recycle and reuse these fabrics into new clothes without the introduction of new fabrics. They can be reused and recycled over and over again until they turn into an unusable form but can be easily re-absorbed by the environment.

3. Equitable partnerships
Another great way for the fashion industry to become more sustainable is to partner with artisan communities that preserve and continue to practice indigenous ways. The support of the big companies can help increase awareness about these groups so that they may preserve and propagate their art.

They can also choose to buy only from farmers and other producers who strictly follow their set of standards that help lessen fashion’s impact on society and the environment. The act of buying from these farmers’ groups helps the farmers and their families earn just and appropriate compensation for the goods and services they produce.

4. Research and technology
The study and research for new materials and processes are also important so that we can have better clothing technologies. These are essential in lessening our carbon footprints. Who knows, there might come a time when a new cotton species that produces more cotton but uses less water will be discovered by the scientific community.

Sustainable fashion is all about being able to balance social equity, cost, and environmental impact. Fashion should start staying away from practices that do not provide decent wages and working conditions. Are the benefits and the burdens of the item’s production being shared equally?

Fashion should also be able to justify the cost of making such products and even justify their impact on the environment. The main responsibility of the fashion industry is to change production, marketing, and distribution practices in such ways that they contribute to sustainable consumption habits. But the most important shift that needs to happen is the change in attitudes and behaviours of consumers in order for the shift to sustainable fashion choices be felt more clearly.