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A recent Changing Markets report identified one of the key reasons for timely change as the expected increase in demand for viscose – around 5% per year to 2021. It is important that this increase in demand does not increase the level of damage to the environment, the quicker a sustainable alternative can be identified the better.
The impact of the cotton industry is far reaching, with Fairtrade Foundation estimating that up to 100 million households are directly engaged in cotton production. A whitepaper published by Fashion Revolution in 2015 stated that there are 200 million people in total working across the entire cotton sector.
Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, contributing to about half of all packaged products sold by supermarkets. Have you ever opened up the cupboards at home and read the labels on your products?
Transparency within supply chains has become business critical. With consumers increasingly choosing ethical and sustainable brands over others; businesses need to show they are complying with relevant legislation and be able to prove it to their customers.
Lack of visibility over the supply chain could result in brands having no knowledge of where products are sourced from and being unable to mitigate risks effectively. This leads to lack of control over whether meat is safe for human consumption, whether leather is being sourced from an ethical farm, or whether they should be sourcing from somewhere else.
"Fashion for a bargain - that‘s what everyone wants. A T-Shirt for 2€ isn‘t inconceivable nowadays. Unfortunately, people don‘t often consider who is paying the real price. #whomademyclothes"
"The phe-nomenon by which consumers hold firms responsible for the unsustainable behavior of their upstream partners suggests the notion of 'chain liability.'"
"It's claimed that the garment industry is the second worst polluter in the world. Stacey Dooley investigates."