In December 2015, a landmark agreement was made between 195 representatives from countries around the globe to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The deal is due to come into effect in 2020, and aims to ensure that global warming does not exceed two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, in a bid to prevent huge changes to the environment such as a dangerous rise in sea levels.
The agreement particularly effects the fashion industry, as it is one of the largest contributors to pollution. Making raw materials such as cotton use a huge amount of both water and electricity, and the demand for such materials and luxury items such as cashmere continue to grow. The industry also has to consider transport in their carbon emissions. With hundreds of thousands of retailers shipping goods everyday by road, air and sea, they are directly effecting the air quality and contributing to environmental issues, often first effecting the developing countries where the products are produced.
In order to effectively change the supply chain to reduce emissions, the biggest fashion brands need to take action. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement last week means that for US based companies there will be no government incentives to force change, nor will there be consequences for brands that choose to ignore the problem and continue to produce goods in the way they do currently.
Shoppers and consumers have become increasingly aware of their responsibility to buy from companies that are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint, however it is the companies themselves that must make the change. Spokespersons for retail giants such as Gap and Adidas have made statements stating their continued commitment to reducing emissions, despite Trump’s withdrawal. The Business of Fashion reported that a spokesperson for Nike has said “Nike believes that climate change is a serious global threat and that the world will need to radically redesign industrial systems and economies in order to enable a low-carbon growth economy.”
In order for there to be real change in the way that the fashion industry impacts the environment, actions must be taken from within. It is promising to see that so many industry leaders are taking a stand against Trump’s decision and moving forward with their individual environmental targets.
Recycling your wardrobe through pre-loved sites is a great way to make a direct contribution to lowering the emissions. Bagista is committed to recycling and to making sure that the future is sustainable for the fashion industry by encouraging clients to sell their unwanted items and swap them for an item from another fashion lovers’ wardrobe.
If you have a luxury handbag you’d like to sell, contact Bagista today for a quote.