First of all, I am dimly aware of the concept of incorporating the cost of sustainability into the cost of manufactured items such as clothing, and I was surprised there was no discussion of this. Is sustainability to occur solely through the attitude of social responsibility of consumers and producers? Secondly, the book helped me understand that clothing producers and consumers exist in a global community, whereas governments exist in local communities and therefore may be less able to dictate sustainability because, unless all countries agree on the same policies, a particular country which engaged in a particular sustainable practice might be at a short term disadvantage.
I would have liked to hear more thought concerning this. The book did give the reader as an individual consumer both a philosophical grounding in, and practical ways, to contribute to sustainability.
Reading all the technical aspects of the clothing industry gives the reader a sense of the daunting challenges faced by humanity in achieving sustainability in all the aspects of our physical lives.
However, I was excited by this book. It has hope and heart. While this book is an excellent text book, as a lay person, I found it very informative. It is a very comprehensive coverage of many aspects of the topic, and I enjoyed reading articles by different authors, and, as the authors intended, it felt like a conversation.
This is an important and timely book. This is a very important book, and a. This book is a terrific update What's Next? It is clear from not only the breadth of discussions in the chapters but also the experts that joined in the conversations in the book that the authors are not only knowledgeable about the topic but also very passionate about raising the level of the discussion to not only have the reader think about it, but to make a difference in the world going forward for our children and grandchildren.
A must read for anyone interested in the fashion industry who is adapting to not only all of the disruptive changes from technology advancements or the millennial consumer, but also now producing in a global marketplace with limited resources. See all 4 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The clothing industry has one of the highest impacts on the planet. High water usage, pollution from chemical treatments used in dyeing and preparation and the disposal of large amounts of unsold clothing through incineration or landfill deposits are hazardous to the environment.
This causes irreversible damage to people and the environment , and still two thirds of a garment's carbon footprint will occur after it is purchased. There are many factors when considering the sustainability of a material. The renewability and source of a fiber , the process of how a raw fiber is turned into a textile , the working conditions of the people producing the materials, and the material's total carbon footprint.
Natural fibers are fibers which are found in nature and are not petroleum-based. Natural fibers can be categorized into two main groups, cellulose or plant fiber and protein or animal fiber. Uses of these fibers can be anything from buttons to eyewear such as sunglasses. Cotton is one of the most widely grown and chemical-intensive crops in the world.
Alternative fibers such as bamboo in yarn and hemp of a variety that produces only a tiny amount of the psychoactive component found in cannabis are coming into greater use in so-called eco-fashions. Protein fibers originate from animal sources and are made up of protein molecules.
The basic elements in these protein molecules being carbon, hydrogen oxygen and nitrogen. Fibers manufactured from natural materials include: Lyocell and polylactic acid PLA. Recycled or reclaimed fibers are made from scraps of fabrics collected from clothing factories, which are processed back into short fibers for spinning into a new yarn. There are only a few facilities globally that are able to process the clippings.
Upcycling is the practice of converting materials into something with greater value in a second life. Upcycled fibers are made from materials that are not originally used to make fibers. This includes fibers made of plastic and gillnets. An example of the use of this type of fiber can be seen in the shoe Adidas made with Parley for the Oceans. Another example is fish leather made from fish skins that are a by-product of the food industry.
Due to the efforts taken to minimize harm in the growth, manufacturing, and shipping of the products, sustainable fashion is typically more expensive than clothing produced by conventional methods. More innovative eco-fashions are being developed and made available to consumers at different levels of the fashion spectrum, from casual clothing to haute couture.
There is no certain stable model among the designers for how to be sustainable in practice, and the understanding of sustainability is always a process or a work-in-progress. Some companies and organizations are working to combat clothing pollution, increase sustainable design opportunities, and increase the visibility of the sustainable fashion movement.
Hurdles to growth include cost of hand labor for hand weeding, reduced yields in comparison to conventional cotton and absence of fiber commitments from brands to farmers before planting seed. The up front financial risks and costs are therefore shouldered by the farmers, many of whom struggle to compete with economies of scale of corporate farms.
Though some designers have marketed bamboo fiber , as an alternative to conventional cotton, citing that it absorbs greenhouse gases during its life cycle and grows quickly and plentifully without pesticides, the conversion of bamboo fiber to fabric is the same as rayon and is highly toxic.
The FTC ruled that labeling of bamboo fiber should read "rayon from bamboo". Bamboo fabric can cause environmental harm in production due to the chemicals used to create a soft viscose from hard bamboo. Used clothing is sold in more than countries. In Tanzania, used clothing is sold at the mitumba Swahili for "secondhand" markets. Most of the clothing is imported from the United States.
And because environmental and sustainability issues are complex, it is also easy to mislead consumers. In the European Union, the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals REACH regulations required in that clothing manufacturers and importers identified and quantified the chemicals used in their products.
On May 3, , the world's largest summit on fashion sustainability was held in Copenhagen, gathering more than 1, key stakeholders in the industry to discuss the importance of making the fashion industry sustainable. Copenhagen Fashion Summit has since then gathered thousands of people from the fashion industry in their effort to create a movement within the industry.
In July , the Sustainable Apparel Coalition launched the Higg Index , a self-assessment standard designed to measure and promote sustainable supply chains in the apparel and footwear industries. Environmental Protection Agency , academic institutions and environmental nonprofits. Five mega trends are identified by the organization that will lead the future of sustainable fashion. The first mega trend is "Power of Nature" which is the industry looking into materials that have always been looked at as waste as a more sustainable method to making new clothing.
The second mega trend is "Rent a Closet" this initiative has been around for a while. This trend ultimately lowers the new purchase of clothing and disposal of clothing, which means less waste. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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Hailing from the spiritual home of all things progressive and eco-friendly – Portland, Oregon – Nau is a sustainable fashion brand that makes a range of casual and outdoors clothing with an ethical touch. We use eco, and sustainable fabrics, all natural plant-based fibers, plant-based and low-impact dyes and many organic certified fabrics. Zero waste fashion, and sustainable production are important methods of our work, and make our clothing stand the test of time. Sustainable processes are kinder to the environment – after oil, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter – and to the people involved in the production process. “Sustainable” has become a catch-all term to describe a better way of producing the clothes that we buy and wear.
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