The fashion industry has an outsized carbon footprint. But many fashion brands have been making promising statements about their carbon emissions reduction or carbon neutrality goals.
How does the actual progress and supply chain action match up to these goals, though? It can, frankly, be difficult to discern.
But in today’s episode, we’re going to unravel the tangled web of confusing greenwashing and claims and dig into the nitty gritty of where fashion actually stands on climate action today.
Elizabeth spoke with Rachel and Erdene of the climate and environmental NGO Stand.Earth. The team at Stand did incredible in-depth research on various fashion brands’ reliance on fossil fuels and those brand’s progress (or lack thereof) on reducing their supply chain emissions for their 2023 Fossil Free Fashion Scorecard.
The scorecard was just released last week so in this episode, we’re going to talk more about this scorecard, as well as where fashion stands now on climate action and what brands need to do in order to reach their climate goals.
Stand.earth (@stand.earth | LI: Stand.earth | TT: @standearth | FB: Stand.earth) combines world-leading research with people-powered actions, strategic communications, and a firm but compassionate presence at the negotiating table. The organization builds collective power through campaigns in three impact areas: protecting forests, moving beyond fossil fuels, and reinventing cities and transportation.
In the context of fashion, Stand.earth is most known for their Fossil Free Fashion campaigning, including their Fossil Free Fashion Scorecard. Stand also partnered with Slow Factory on their report, Nowhere To Hide: How the Fashion Industry Is Linked To Amazon Rainforest Destruction.
About Erdene Batzorig:
Erdene Batzorig (she/her) is an immigrant settler from Mongolia living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, otherwise known as Vancouver, B.C. She is a Digital Campaigner at Stand.earth, where she works as a Corporate digital campaigner for Stand.earth working on fossil-free fashion & securing protection for the Amazon rainforest.
About Rachel Kitchin:
Rachel is the Fossil Free Fashion campaigner at Stand.earth, where she campaigns to raise the bar on corporate leadership on decarbonizing the fashion industry, with a focus on the growing demand for renewable energy and phasing out fossil fuels across fashion supply chains.
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Fair trade fashion brand Passion Lilie partners with 5 different artisan groups in India to create their beautifully printed dresses, jumpsuits, and a variety of other clothing and accessories.
As a Fair Trade Federation member, Passion Lilie ensures that their partners are paying living wages to their makers, offering a safe and healthy work environment, and are investing in the overall wellbeing of the artisans. The brand also uses durable natural fibers and non-toxic dyes for their collections.
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