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Articles by Mark Rowe
To deliver on real sustainability goals, ethical brands must look for smart business and financing models that are as radically different from the mainstream industry as their ethical products.
The global clothing industry should engage with the new Paris climate change deal, say experts, who warn that a warming planet imperils not only the raw materials the industry needs but also poses an existential threat to the sector's prevailing business model.
The concept of the closed loop – where a fabric is taken back mechanically to its original fibres and re-used – remains a key goal for the clothing and textile industry that presents a range of technical challenges.
International and regional schemes offer increasingly collaborative platforms to promote sustainability in textiles and apparel.
Many textile brands now make claims of operating with varying levels of environmentally mindful or sustainable practices. But while green branding has its pitfalls, companies could be braver in eco-marketing.
The concept of closed loop supply chains sounds a laudable ideal: a virtuous circle of production from cradle - not to grave - but back to cradle again.
In the past year, several developments - both new and built on previous initiatives - have emerged, suggesting the apparel and textile industry is continuing to move towards a more sustainable supply chain.
The concept of closed loop supply chains sounds a laudable, if possibly Utopian ideal: a virtuous circle of production from cradle to grave and back to cradle again. However, the reality is proving harder to achieve for the clothing and textile sector.
Environmental concerns focus on a range of pollutants in that water, from pesticides on cotton fields to dust storms caused by overgrazing in Inner Mongolia by cashmere goats.
The challenges of working out whether textiles are sourced, produced or manufactured ethically are magnified by the plethora of eco-labelling schemes that apply to the industry.
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