As COP26 finds its feet, an alliance has formed within the UK fashion industry, uniting think tanks, brands, and sustainability advocates in calling on world leaders to acknowledge the impactful role that fashion can play in reaching climate goals. Spearheaded by Tamara Cincik, CEO of Fashion Roundtable, the initiative brings together Fashion Revolution, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Common Objective, Eco Age, and The Sustainable Angle, penning an open letter to demand global governmental action.
The letter highlights the need for collective action across five main areas: achieving net zero emissions by no later than 2050; waste elimination; readdressing supply chains; skills development to encourage children to make, repair, and reuse their clothes; and shifting business models away from profit and loss towards a well-being economy. Fashion Roundtable stresses that the resourcefulness and creativity to tackle climate change already exists within the industry but this needs to be bolstered by drastic policy change.
“Until the current licence to do harm is taken away, until legislation supports restorative practices, all of the ingenuity in the world will be outsized by a lack of will to change at world government level,” Daisy Williams, CEO of Founder and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion says. A coalition exists in fashion, the signatories to this letter and more, we require specific action on the five points outlined at COP 26. The world is watching; we want to make history, not to be history.”