Bono and his wife Ali Hewson founded the global fashion brand EDUN in 2005 with the ambition of promoting a positive change through its trading alliance with Africa. EDUN’s aim is to build long term sustainable opportunities by supporting suppliers, infrastructure and community building enterprise in the continent. At the International Herald Tribune conference last Friday, the collaborative work between EDUN and Diesel was announced.
Since 1980, the number of jobs in the UK textile industry has declined from 800,000 to 100,000 as production of most brands and retailers has moved to Asia and the Middle East, The cost of labour and raw materials in the UK could not compete with the cost in the developing world, and as a result, textile supply chains have spread across the world.
The 6th RITE Conference took place in the Central Hall, Westminster on the 10th of October and attracted experts from different industries who discussed some of the current key topics: closed-loop recycling, cotton futures, dye house pollution, traceability of chemicals, the recently launched Higg Index and consumption trends.
With more and more brands incorporating sustainable practices into their business, new technologies are emerging on the market to meet the demand. This blog highlights two recent developments: super fine fibres for the lingerie market and an ‘Agro-Industrial Ecology’ model of making fibre out of available waste materials.
With a plethora of responsibly-sourced clothing options available for women, Ted Baker has tapped into a market previously underserved by the sustainable fashion sector by introducing a sleek men’s suit featuring environmentally-friendly fabric and details.
Pakistan has witnessed the most recent tragedy resulting from insufficient industrial health and safety standards, when factory fires killed nearly 300 people last Tuesday. The blazes broke out in a garment factory in the southern city of Karachi, where so far 264 bodies have been found, and in a shoe factory in eastern Lahore, where 25 people died.