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16 Aug 2023

War on Want

Report - Fashioning the Future: Fixing the fashion industry for workers and climate

Humanity faces a fashion challenge: eight billion people need to be clothed and shod in a way that does not cause ecological havoc or human suffering. This report is dedicated to lifting our collective vision to consider radical alternatives – such as degrowth – which would transform our clothing system to leave a lighter touch upon the Earth, and erase the misery inherent in garment production. If this report can join the dots between the crises of climate, inequality and poverty, and offer an alternative way of managing this industry, why does big fashion itself not do this? ...

Profit accumulation is at the heart of capitalism and the fashion industry. It is what drives the race to the bottom, pushing labour and environmental standards down and down, culminating in factory fires, and collapses – and rivers dyed blue and orange by toxic chemical run-off...