Is it possible to match fashion with ecology?

In this period of COP 21, we dealt with the question of the fashion industry impact on our environment.

Fashion sells dreams and we buy it with pleasure. But the textile industry is situated in the second row of the world economic activities having the strongest impact on the environment according to the NGO Carbon Trust. Chlorine, ammonia , sulfuric acid, heavy metals, formaldehyde, solvents are products used daily in the factories of the conventional textile industry. These products contaminate clothes in toxic residues, pollute the air, the grounds and the water.

Considering this, from the biggest distributors to the small creators, many are those who contribute or develop alternative ideas in this domain. The Union of the textile industries (ITU) and the Federation of the stitch and the lingerie signed on Tuesday evening a ” Charter of commitment of the fashion for the climate “, sponsored by the Minister for Ecology, Madame Ségolène Royal, during the COP21.

The signatories make a commitment on various points as: 

– Design as far as possible clothes made to last and to be reborn
– Use at the most local raw materials weakly consumer of water and pesticides
– Favor for example the transport by river and the local manufacturing 
– Inform the consumer about clothes and textiles maintenance practices  
– Work in the development of the recycling sector

Two major stakes are crucial for the next years. In the first place, an awareness of the manufacturers who have to change their process of production. And the support of the consumers for a more responsible fashion: end the over consumption and undertake them to recycle.

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