15 Sep '11, 12pm

The fashion industry has the potential to be a real force for good - Comment - The Ecologist

The fashion industry has the potential to be a real force for good - Comment - The Ecologist

Most recently, a Greenpeace study discovered traces of the poison NPE in clothes produced by Adidas, H&M and Converse among others. While Adidas was quick to respond with a pledge to work harder on making output as environmentally sound as possible, H&M – producers of an eco-range based on organic cotton and tencel – denied that the findings presented any sort of problem at all. It’s attitudes such as this that must change for the fashion industry to become an altogether more ethical one to work in and do business with. Production and over-consumption remain pressing issues, with the British clothing industry producing 20 million tonnes of waste water and a shocking 3.1 million tonnes of CO2 each year. Nevertheless, there are some encouraging signs, not least in the behaviour of Nike and Adidas, both of whom have been hit by allegations - including the use of sweatshops an...

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