My desire to be part of the fashion apparel comes from this idea that human beings truly express themselves through fashion. Put five people in the same uniform, each one of them is going to express it differently”. To the Liberian founder of the first African apparel factory to earn Fair Trade status, fashion is the “coolest industry”, the only one being both art and utility.
The Creating Shared Value Council have selected six incredible Finalists: Fishers & Changemakers from Philippines; IDESAM from Brazil; Inka Moss from Peru; KadAfrica from Uganda, Maji Mamas from Kenya; Mumm from Egypt!
By Alden Wicker
Many consumers are unaware that a large chunk of their wardrobe is essentially plastic. More than 60% of the global fiber market is polyester, a carbon-intensive petroleum product which has been refined to the point of doing almost anything we ask of it. It can look like silk, cotton, or soft faux fur, or can be combined with natural materials to improve their performance and lower cost.
A growing chorus of social innovators, designers and leading industry retailers is calling for a drastically different approach to the way our clothes are made and sold. Are we finally closing fashion’s elusive loop?
The hands that make our clothes overwhelmingly belong to women. More and more companies and social entrepreneurs understand that lifting up and empowering these women is necessary to building a more equitable industry.
The fashion industry is responsible for serious environmental and social problems at a global scale, being the second most contaminating sector in the world, following the oil industry.
Collaboration in fashion goes well beyond Kate Moss teaming up with Topshop. Forward-thinking brands co-create by working together with competitors and social entrepreneurs to design radical new projects and processes that lead to win-win-win situations.
An estimated 75 million people are now employed by the apparel industry. It’s a number that has almost quadrupled in the last 15 years. With this exponential growth, the not-so-hidden costs of fashion too have increased.