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These Were Some Of The Biggest Wins For Ethical Fashion In 2018

by: Rosie Dalton | 1 year ago | News

Image: Meghan Markle wore a sustainable design by Stella McCartney as one of her wedding dresses. Image source

As we dive headfirst into a new year, we’re reflecting on 2018, which was a pretty big year for ethical fashion. Although the industry still has a long way to go, we finally saw issues like sustainability and transparency take a front row seat over the past twelve months. And ethical fashion has begun to tip into the mainstream like we’ve never seen it before.

At times, it can feel like a lot of hard work for little headway in this industry, so it’s great to see these issues finally come to the fore. And we, for one, are chuffed to be part of a likeminded community of people – aka you guys! – that want to make the fashion industry even better for the future. So it’s onwards and upwards for the year ahead. But, in the meantime, here were some of the biggest wins for ethical fashion in 2018.

1) Fashion brands finally started taking sustainability seriously, with BoF noting that this is “evolving from a tick-box exercise into a transformational feature that is engrained in the business model and ethos of many recent success stories”

2) The plastic bag ban went mainstream, forcing more retailers to think about their packaging solutions

3) Stella McCartney launched a Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action in partnership with the UN

4) As part of this charter, fast fashion brands like H&M joined luxury labels like Burberry in committing to reduce their carbon emissions by 30% by 2030

5) The British Fashion Council banned fur for good and was joined by big brands like Gucci, Burberry and Versace

6) Chanel became the first luxury label to ban the use of exotic skins, as well as fur

7) Australia finally introduced a Modern Slavery Act, which could prove revolutionary for fair work in the garment industry

8) The UK government's Environmental Audit Committee launched an investigation into the sustainability of the fast fashion industry

9) Meghan Markle helped put ethical fashion on the map, when she chose a sustainable Stella McCartney gown as one of her royal wedding outfits

10) And more people are now searching for sustainable fashion than ever before!

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