What are the criteria of sustainable fashion?

What are the criteria of sustainable fashion

When can fashion be defined as sustainable? Here are the 4 sustainability criteria, the system that analyzes the sustainability of the fashion sector.

The fashion world has a really significant cost to the environment. If, on the one hand, the sector has experienced surprising growth over the last 20 years, employing more than 75 million people throughout the supply chain, on the other hand, it has become one of the most polluting sectors in the world. According to UNEP, the fashion sector is responsible for 8 to 10% of CO emissions2 in the moodmore than all international flights and shipping combined. To date, consumer attention to the environment has redefined some paradigms in the fashion world: clothing with recycled materials, compostable and second-hand packaging are just some of the solutions implemented to try to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion and luxury sectors.. Even if we talk more and more about “sustainable fashion”, it is still difficult to draw the defined boundaries. To provide more concrete benchmarks, there is 4sustainability®, an implementation framework that certifies the sustainability performance of the fashion and luxury supply chain.

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Tracking sustainability performance in the fashion industry

4durability® was created with the aim of measuring the performance of the fashion sector in terms of sustainabilitygiving a certificate guaranteeing compliance with the main international standards and directives. Adherence to the 4sustainability® roadmap is conditional on the implementation of one or more initiatives, which can be achieved through a multidisciplinary project and training until its completion. 4sustainability® was born from an idea of ​​Francesca Rulli and defines measurable and specific sustainability standards. As Francesca Rulli herself said in ainterview with Fatto Quotidianowe now have methods and tools to work on all the key dimensions of sustainable development: the traceability of supply chain impacts, the elimination of toxic and harmful chemicals from production cycles, the reduction of water and energy consumption and emissions into the atmosphere, culture oriented towards circularity and sustainable design, replacement of materials with more sustainable alternatives, good practices in favor of the well-being of workers and organizational effectiveness“. All these activities can be implemented and monitored, so that the fashion industry reduces its social and environmental impact.

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Interventions on the production chain

According to Francesca Rulli, To make the fashion sector more sustainable, it is essential to involve its production chain, by defining a strategy for selecting suppliers who share the brand’s sustainability objectives. It is a question of initiating a work in synergy in which all the actors working in the sector are involved, who collaborate for shared objectives: common and concrete actions for sustainability, circular economy models, greater consumer awareness. It is only through a radical change of paradigm that it is possible to obtain real, concrete and lasting results.. The commitment and vision of 4sustainability® go in this direction, with the desire to encourage collaboration between the world of fashion and the production chain to improve performance in terms of sustainability.

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