In New York and Beyond, Why the Fashion Act Matters

Fashion industry emits more GHGs than "Germany, France, and the United Kingdom combined, and is responsible for 20% of all global clean water pollution"
April 30, 2024

Summary

  • The Fashion Act is a proposed legislation aiming to address environmental and labor rights violations within the fashion industry.
  • The Act targets companies with large carbon footprints and sets benchmarks for social and environmental responsibility.
  • It mandates fair labor practices, sets Science Based Targets for reducing carbon emissions, and requires companies to collaborate with suppliers to minimize environmental impact.
  • Advocates are urging for the passage of the Fashion Act in New York and encourage collective action globally to transform the fashion industry.
  • Read more: fast fashion

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The New York Fashion Act is a groundbreaking bill taking aim at the environmental and labor rights violations within fashion’s supply chains. Here’s how to support it.

The social and environmental impact of the fashion industry is nothing short of catastrophic. It emits more greenhouse gas emissions than Germany, France, and the United Kingdom combined, and is responsible for 20% of all global clean water pollution; it drives overconsumption and generates waste that ends up in landfills across the Global South; and it relies on the mass cultivation of materials like cotton that require intensive water usage and have been linked to deforestation and human rights violations in biodiverse regions like the Amazon

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