How to make the fashion industry more sustainable?
The fashion industry has a long way to go towards becoming 100% sustainable, as it currently emits 10% of all carbon emissions, and is the second largest consumer of the world’s water supply. These carbon emissions contribute towards higher pollution levels, global warming, and 2.1 billion tons of waste, according to WWF.
At Labell-D, we produce clothing which is ‘worth the wear’, and takes the planet, the people producing the clothing, and each brand’s commitment to sustainability into account. Sustainability in fashion is our top priority, and our mission is to change the status quo so that the fashion industry itself is fundamentally altered to match our company’s values.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition recently set a target of a 45% reduction in emissions by 2030. China is the leader in manufacturing for fashion, and major changes need to be implemented in the coming years to improve the fashion industry’s environmental standards. Labell-D are helping to lead the way for more fashion companies to prioritise sustainability in the production process and championing things like workers’ rights and gender equality.
Some might say the most sustainable outcome for the planet would be to stop production of clothing altogether, however at Labell-D we want to produce clothing that has a purpose and reduces the environmental impact whilst also collaborating with brands who treat their suppliers with honesty and respect.
Education is also extremely important. We want our customers to recognise the journey which sustainability can take, and the long process of producing a dress from the pencil sketch to the sewer machine and then into the customer’s hands. Although it is a complex situation, at Labell-D we believe the conversations surrounding sustainability can be simplified to being transparent in your company about how you treat the planet and how you treat your employees.