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Fashion’s biggest firms failing to meet green targets

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Fashion giants are making slow
progress in meeting promises to improve their environmental and social impact,
according to a damning sustainability report released Monday.

The inaugural Sustainability Index by the Business of Fashion magazine, the
first to offer direct comparisons between the industry’s top firms, found they
were often falling far short of their ambitious rhetoric on going green.

“The global economy has 10 years to avoid catastrophic climate change and
an urgent duty to improve the welfare of the workers who make it tick,” said
the report, which was put together by a panel of sustainability experts from
around the world.

“Time is running out and simply stating an ambition to change is no longer
good enough.”

It graded the biggest 15 fashion companies across six areas: transparency,
emissions, water and chemicals, materials, workers’ rights and waste.

Not one company scored more than 50 out of 100, with Swiss firm Richemont
and US firm Under Armor faring worst with scores of just 14 and nine overall.

They did not respond to requests for comment.

The best performers were French luxury house Kering and Nike, who scored 49
and 47 respectively.

“Many of fashion’s biggest companies still don’t know or don’t disclose
where their products come from, and the further down the supply chain you go,
the more opaque things become,” the report said.

“That enables exploitation and human rights abuses and creates difficulties
measuring the industry’s environmental impact.”

‘Just not working’

A 2019 study by the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion found that fashion
was the second-biggest consumer of water, and responsible for eight-to-10
percent of global carbon emissions — “more than all international flights and
maritime shipping combined”.

The new Sustainability Index said many firms had targets to reduce
emissions but little information on how they were faring.

Three firms — Richemont, Under Armour and LVMH — had not set emissions
targets at all, it said.

Fewer than half were found to have clear goals on reducing the use of water
and hazardous chemicals, and only four had a time-bound target to replace
oil-based polyester — the most commonly-used fabric in the world — with
recycled alternatives.

The worst results were on the issue of waste, with the report citing a
recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation study that found 40 million tonnes of
textiles were sent to landfills or incinerated every year.

“Companies are talking more about circularity than they are embracing it,”
it said.

Scores on workers’ rights were also dismal.

“We have been stuck with the current state of play for more than 10 years
and the discourse is still way ahead of the action,” Anannya Bhattacharjee of
the Asia Floor Wage Alliance was quoted as saying in the report.

“No matter how many committees are set up in factories, they are just not
working,” she added. “Commitments to a living wage are meaningless if buying
prices do not cover the cost of living wages.”

Nonetheless, the report sought a constructive tone, saying it was not
designed to chastise or praise individual companies, but to encourage
innovation.

“Environmental sustainability is bigger than any one brand, supplier or
retailer. We all have to work together,” wrote another of the authors, Edwin
Keh, of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.(AFP)

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Video: Anne Barge SS22 collection

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Video: Anne Barge SS22 collection

In this video, fashion label Anne Barge has presented its SS22
collection at New York Bridal Fashion Week (NYFW).

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Fila collaborates with Flock Together initiative on capsule

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Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

Sportswear label Fila has unveiled a collaboration with birdwatching initiative Flock Together in the form of an apparel and footwear capsule, to be exclusively sold through LN-CC.

In a range of hike-wear gear made for urban exploring, the collection intends to bring people into nature and engage with their community. The selection includes a reinvented version of the Fila Trailblazer hiking shoe and two shearling fleece designs.

The colourways of the line are inspired by the Kingfisher bird, with a scannable near field communication (NFC) tag present in the hiking shoe that takes buyers to a dedicated page outlining the best places in the UK to spot a Kingfisher.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

15 percent of all sales of the collection will go towards the Flock Together community fund.

Buying and creative director at LN-CC, Reece Crisp, expressed his enthusiasm over the collaboration in a release, stating: “We’re super excited for LN-CC to be part of this project.

“Flock Together encompasses everything that’s great about community and wellness, two driving forces that are integral to LN-CC too.

“Flock Together’s growth has been both a reaction to, and antidote from, a difficult eighteen months by bringing people together and encouraging outdoor consciousness, so we are honoured to share our platform in amplifying its much-needed positivity while working with Fila in creating this tribute to the Kingfisher.”

Flock Together, founded back in the 2020 covid-19 lockdowns, brings BIPOC together to engage in birdwatching and other nature-oriented activities.

It has previously partnered on an event with Timberland, hosting a range of spoken word presentations at the nature reserve, Woodbury Wetlands. Sponsored by the apparel label, the event aimed to promote the voices in its growing community adjacent to guiding guests through the nature reserve.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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Video: Jenny Yoo SS22 collection

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In this video, fashion label Jenny Yoo has presented its SS22 collection
at New York Bridal Fashion Week (NYFW).

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Video: Jenny Yoo via YouTube

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