Are fashion companies on track to decarbonise their supply chain?
Fashion’s Fossil Fuel Addiction
The fashion industry is a massive global emitter, responsible for 2–8% of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Yet, the sector continues to maintain close ties to the fossil fuel industry – despite growing urgency to phase out fossil fuels.
Coal Powered Manufacturing
Fashion companies have been benefiting from energy overwhelmingly produced from coal. Coal-powered energy generation has been linked to serious negative health impacts for both workers and communities surrounding coal power facilities in countries like Vietnam and China that are major suppliers of the fashion industry.
Harmful Fossil Fuel Fabrics
Beyond the emissions footprint of making clothes out of fossil fuels, the fashion industry’s heavy reliance on oil-based fibres brings with it a host of serious environmental justice issues.