Luxury is setting the pace for sustainability

The fashion industry must be ahead of the curve in tackling the climate and biodiversity crises

This is being described as the “super-year”, with 2020 seen as pivotal – when binding decisions will be made on climate and nature by the world’s governments at international policy meetings.

We all know that the fashion industry is detrimental to nature. It uses vast amounts of natural resources and raw materials, and the industry’s manufacturing processes leave an extensive footprint in its wake.

Global emissions associated with textile production surpass those of shipping and international flights combined, totalling around 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 every year. Yet fashion is on a trajectory that, if it continues at its current pace, is expected to cause the industry to grow by 81pc by 2030.

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