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September 13, 2022

Week in review: Keeping fashion sustainability alive in uncertain times

Just Style’s UK-based team has had a truly eventful week, one that only reinforces the uncertain times in which we live and its wider impact on the fashion industry.

By Laura Husband

Not only has our lovely news editor Beth Wright bid us farewell after six years, but the week started with one UK Prime Minister and a Queen (may she finally rest in peace after her extremely long and remarkable service); and ended with a new Prime Minister and a King. 

Rising inflation and the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war have created a period of uncertainty across the globe. 

Why fashion needs to tackle sustainability during uncertain times

However, the devastating floods in Pakistan highlight why it is so incredibly important for all industries, and especially highly polluting ones such as the fashion industry, to not drop the ball during these uncertain times when it comes to tackling sustainability and climate change. 

Pakistan’s planning minister Ahsan Iqbal says 45% of the country’s cotton crops have been washed away in the floods, which could spark concern among global clothing brands and retailers as it is the world’s fifth largest producer of cotton. 

The apparel industry is already trying to cope with a global cotton shortage so this will only add to rising prices in the months ahead. 

In an exclusive comment piece Gherzi Textil Organisation’s partner, Bob Antoshak, asks: is sustainability sustainable when considering the realities of today’s economy? 

And communicating sustainability measures to fashion consumers during these uncertain times also remains a challenge.

Last week, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), confirmed conversations with the Norwegian Consumer Authority (NCA) around how to communicate environmental information to consumers, are progressing well, after the former’s Higg transparency programme was halted on concerns it was resulting in misleading green claims from brands.

These discussions are healthy and we are keen to see how they will influence the wider sector in the coming months. 

It is important for the fashion industry to realise climate change doesn’t wait on pandemics, wars or uncertain times to end. It is now more vital than ever that the global garment and textile sector presses forward with its green efforts, remembering that initial costly outlays will pay-off significantly in future and will hopefully lead to a sustainable apparel industry to be proud of.

Cotton prices to surge on Pakistan flooding, experts warn

As the world’s fifth largest cotton producer, countries across the globe will likely feel the repercussions of the recent flooding devastation in Pakistan which will strangulate cotton supply in weeks to come and see prices soar.

Sustainability in the age of uncertainty

We live in an age of uncertainty and with this uncertainty comes a shaky economy and a challenging business environment for the apparel industry, but what does it mean for sustainability, asks Robert Antoshak, partner at Gherzi Textil Organisation.

SAC explores how to communicate green data with consumers

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) says it continues to explore ways to communicate environmental information to consumers after the Norwegian competition watchdog indicated claims in general, and based on Higg data, must be sufficiently documented and qualified.

BGMEA, Jeanologia collaborate on promoting green technologies

Bangladesh’s garment industry is furthering its commitment to sustainability through a new partnership with Spanish sustainable technology firm Jeanologia.

Primark taps into menopause apparel market with new range 

Nike Forward said to be most significant innovation since Dri-Fit 

Tesco to withdraw footwear from F&F offering 

Zalando, Decathlon accelerate circularity in footwear through Reshoes initiative

US imports to fall below last year for remainder of 2022

3D printing tech to worsen conditions for garment workers 

British Fashion Council investigates growing returns issue 

Leather Working Group to launch chain of custody project 

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