Measuring Fashion report tells the story of the industry’s environmental performance
In the face of climate change, resource depletion and shifting consumer expectations, fashion brands are increasingly coming under pressure to drive meaningful change and to back up their sustainability stories with facts. To encourage a more resilient future for fashion, Quantis performed a study looking at the entire value chain of apparel and footwear. The results are out in our new report, Measuring Fashion: Insights from the Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries study.
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+ It’s time for fashion to set bold goals
+ Guided by the first science-driven study of fashion’s global impact
+ Using robust data to drive clear actions
The report highlights the key findings of the first in-depth, science-based study investigating the environmental impacts of the global apparel and footwear industries, and delivers guidance and insights for brands and businesses committed to making changes to reduce their impacts.
In-depth look at 5 key indicators
This groundbreaking study aims to put brands on the right path by providing a credible and current snapshot of the industries’ environmental hotspots across the value chain. These metrics will help guide decision-making at companies committed to setting truly sustainable goals, to making science-driven decisions, helping implement effective and meaningful actions. Understanding environmental impacts, particularly on climate, is also necessary for fashion brands committing to the Science-Based Targets initiative to get their business aligned with the global objective to limit warming to 2°C.
The Measuring Fashion study is the first-of-its-kind for three reasons:
1+ Based on industry specific impact data from the World Apparel & Footwear Lifecycle Assessment Database, which makes it comprehensive, robust, and up-to-date;
2+ Uses a multi-indicator approach to assess 5 different impact areas – Climate Change, Resources, Freshwater Withdrawal, Ecosystem Quality and Human Health – to ensure a balanced assessment on multiple fronts; and,
3+ Provides an outlook of the evolution of impacts across time (both past and future) and connects this with specific levers for change across the value chain.
Annabelle Stamm, Senior Sustainability Consultant, br> Quantis
Debera Johnson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design accelerator, br> Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Strategies
La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director, br> Textile Exchange
Thank you to the steering committee + contributors
A steering committee of industry leaders and experts contribute to the Measuring Fashion: Environmental Impact of the Global Apparel and Footwear Industries study by providing their valuable feedback and input. Members included: Jason Kibbey, CEO, Sustainable Apparel Coalition; Debora Johnson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Strategies; Megan McGill, Program Manager, C&A Foundation; La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director, Textile Exchange; Linda Greer, Senior Scientist, NRDC.