By Megan Dawson-Elli, Business Development Manager, THR3EFOLD
If you’re new on the sustainability scene you may find this idea of conscious fashion to be completely new, when in fact, momentum has been building for years. From the groovy hippies of the past to the Green Carpet Challenge at the Met Gala, take a look at our cheat sheet for critical events that have shaped sustainable and ethical fashion.
1970’s- Sustainable fashion began with hippies focusing on locally grown and handmade clothing
1980’s- The rise of mass production and the beginning of ethical issues in supply chains
1989- The World Fair Trade Organization was created by over 70 countries
1991- Nike is criticized for poor working conditions in an Indonesian factory
1995- The World Trade Organization was formed
2007- Kate Fletcher coined the term “slow fashion”
2009- Livia Firth formed Eco Age, a sustainability solutions consultancy
October 1, 2009 - Beginning of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition
December 1, 2011 - Fair Trade USA launches first ethical fashion certification label
July 2011 - The Detox Campaign by Greenpeace begins
2011 - Ethical Fashion Forum launches SOURCE
January 1, 2012 - The California Transparency in Supply Chain Act is passed
April 12, 2012 - H&M launches Conscious Collection
July 2012 - The Materials Sustainability Index
July 2012 - The Higg Index is released by the SAC
April 24, 2013 - Rana Plaza factory collapses killing 1,129 garment workers
May 23, 2013 - GRI 4.0 is released
January 15, 2014 - San Francisco Zero Waste Textile Initiative
February 19, 2014 - Levi’s develops manufacturing for jeans with 100% recycled water
April 24, 2014 - Fashion Revolution Day begins
September 21, 2014 - Retailers agree to raise minimum wages in Cambodia
May 29, 2015 - The True Cost documentary is released
July 2016 - After seeing a great need in finding good factories, THR3EFOLD switches focus entirely to connecting brands with ethical factories around the world.
2016- The Green Carpet Challenge was a part of the Met Gala with Emma Watson, Margot Robbie and Lupita Nyong’o wearing sustainable looks
2017- Stella McCartney’s collection is photographed in a landfill to bring attention to waste and consumption
2018 - THR3EFOLD launches Deadstock District
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