Greenpeace: “Sustainable initiatives in the garment industry fall short’

Initiatives of the garment industry to make clothing more sustainable, rattle. That said environmental organization Greenpeace. The ‘circular economy’, which is the EU threshold, and in which reuse is central, lost to the intensive use of materials.

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Greenpeace presented this week during Milan Fashion Week report Fashion at the crossroads. Therein concludes the environmental organization that re-use does not necessarily lead to use of less toxic substances and also does not alter the over-consumption in the field of clothing.


In the Pulse report, that the industry has recently presented during the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, is a circular future for the sector was outlined. That circular approach is, however, partly based on a growing use of the environmentally harmful polyester, and there is still assumed to be growing use of materials. “There are no questions asked by overproduction, overconsumption, and the resulting declining quality and longevity of our clothes,” says Chiara Campione of Greenpeace Italy.

Polyester is recyclable, says Greenpeace, but there are question the environmental benefits of this. A lot of recycling of polyester has at present little to do with textile waste. “Often, plastic bottles recycled into polyester, which means that the responsibility for one-time use of plastic is removed in the food and beverage industry. Initiatives of some brands to plastic waste from the sea process have more impact on their pr profile than that it’s actually an environmental problem to solve.”

Timeless clothing

If the circular process hastily introduced, can also lead to the reduction of harmful chemicals in the sector at risk, says Greenpeace. “Detox and reduce the use of materials must precede a cycle,” says Campione.

In addition to better-quality clothing in timeless style that is easy to repair, argues Greenpeace, among others, the use of organic cotton and other sustainable materials. Also, would designers be more to take into account a longer period of clothing.

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