Why your clothes could be killing the planet – and where to source sustainable fashion – The Big Issue

Some of the top brands identified by stand.earth as having multiple ties to an industry supporting deforestation include:

  1. Zara
  2. H&M
  3. River Island
  4. Marks & Spencer
  5. clark
  6. Nike
  7. Difference
  8. Prada
  9. Lacoste
  10. Ralph Lauren
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The researchers have created a tool where you can see the full range of brands related to deforestation.

They point out that a number of brands have promised not to use products created with leather linked to deforestation, but the researchers say their evidence shows some companies are violating their own policies.

You can read the full report on the links between fashion and deforestation at stand.earth website.

A spokesperson for H&M said: “As part of our work not to contribute to the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, we have banned leather from Brazil since 2019. Any violation of our ban is something we take very seriously. seriously, and we are in direct dialogue with all of our leather suppliers to ensure that our policy is fully implemented.

“Due to the low transparency that the whole industry faces in the leather supply chain, the risk will remain.”

All companies listed have been contacted by The Big Issue for comment.

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Is fashion harming the planet in other ways?

It’s not just deforestation – fast fashion is harming the planet in a host of other ways.

The fashion industry is estimated to be responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, more than aviation and shipping combined.

In many places, chemicals used to treat or dye clothing are dumped directly into waterways, harming aquatic life and water supplies.

Washing our synthetic clothes at home also releases microplastics into the water supply, poisoning humans and animals.

Growing crop materials like cotton requires huge amounts of water, putting pressure on an increasingly scarce resource.

Producing, manufacturing and transporting clothing requires an enormous amount of energy, pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Once people get tired of these clothes and throw them away, then they create a waste problem in developing countries, where most of these clothes usually end up.

Sometimes they are burned, releasing even more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

How can I source sustainable clothing?

One of the best ways to reduce the damage the fashion industry does to the planet is to simply buy fewer clothes, wear them longer, and wash them less.

You should also consider having clothes repaired when they break, rather than replacing them with something new.

You can try borrowing clothes, experimenting with new outfit combinations, or organizing clothes swaps with your family and friends to get the most out of the clothes.

Buying second-hand from charity or vintage shops is also a sustainable option, giving new life to clothes that others no longer want.

If you’re buying vintage clothes, you should make sure the store actually recycles clothes, as many retailers use the label “vintage” even if the clothes are new.

If you really want to buy new, there are plenty of retailers that struggle with sustainability.

The good site about you allows people to research brands and find out their sustainability and labor rights record, so this could be a place to start.

Online stores like Big Trouble Shopmeanwhile, sourcing apparel retailers that use sustainable production methods for guilt-free shopping.

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