Why 2019 Could Be a Watershed Year for Fashion and Sustainability

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

With consumers, designers, students and politicians taking steps towards a more sustainable future, this year could see the fashion industry transformed, writes Sophie Benson

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags, 1967 Via Flickr

From clothes burning scandals to eye-opening BBC documentaries, a series of turning points have gathered pace and we sit at the cusp of what could be the most significant year yet for sustainable fashion.

A new level of fashion-focused scrutiny has crashed into the limelight upon a wave of heightened environmental awareness and activism, catalysed by the culture of instant information. Given 12 years until we’re at the point of no return with climate change and overwhelmed by inaction – or flat out refusal to believe – at the top, our instinct is to find comfort in the elements we can control. And in our droves, we’re turning to the contents of our wardrobes as a springboard for change.

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