It is well known that the textile industry has a sustainability problem. It is projected that by 2030 global clothing consumption will increase by 63% which is the equivalent of 500 bn new T-shirts. Over recent years the industry has come under the microscope, examining the human and environmental impact of its practices. If things do not change this continued growth will cause untold harm to the planet and the people already exploited by the supply chain.
Fortunately, efforts are being made to bring about positive change. Of critical focus in recent years has been addressing the unsafe working conditions faced by employees, particularly following the tragic Rana Plaza disaster in 2013. In terms of environmental impact, several initiatives, such as ZDHC and Bluesign, aim to remove hazardous chemicals in the supply chain and reduce the vast quantities of water required to manufacture fabrics. These globally recognised standards enable sourcing agents and consumers to confidently make more sustainable decisions.
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