Thirteen days left in this decade and a lot has happened in 2019. Here's a recap of the biggest news and advances in ethical fashion this year! Cheers to great things for the next decade.
The World Takes a Stand for Climate Action
Lead by the groundswell efforts of Greta Thunberg, the world took to the streets to take a stand on climate change and urged decision makers in government and business to shift practices and policies for a greener future for us all. This was the largest climate strike on record and globally gathered students and professionals alike to walk out of jobs and school to make their voice heard.
Forever 21 Goes Bankrupt
What many celebrated as a great victory and positive sign of shifting consumer spending, Forever 21 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. TBD on what will unfold in the aftermath, but let's hope this is a wake up call to brands and retailers around the world that fast fashion has lost it's appeal and it's time for higher standards and better connection to people and planet in fashion's supply chain.
Ethical New York Fashion Week Launches
If we are going to see true seismic changes occur in the fashion industry it is imperative we move the ethical and sustainable fashion conversation from a side bubble to the industry at large. THR3EFOLD convened with top brands and leaders in ethical fashion in September for the first Ethical NYFW with a mission to bring the ethical and sustainable fashion conversation to the main stage at fashion week in a major fashion city. If you are interested in participating in the next Ethical NYFW, please email us now to get on the calendar.
1500 Fashion Brands Join the G7 Fashion Pact
Decision makers at 32 leading fashion brand and textile companies signed a pact ahead of the G7 Summit committing to changes toward sustainability in their businesses. Reduced carbon emissions, reduced plastic use, better recycling innovation and more can be included in these strategies so we are eager to see the changes that roll out in late 2020 as a result of this higher up edict.
New Delhi Factory Fire
Sadly, another factory fire claimed the lives of 43 garment workers in India. The factory was an illegal operation not up to code in many areas and staffed by at risk migrant workers from a poor state in India. This tragedy proves why it's imperative you only work with vetted ethically certified factories in your supply chain to ensure you aren't a part of the problem but rather part of the solution.
THR3EFOLD Ethical Manufacturing Platform Launches in Beta
Finally it has happened. THR3EFOLD has launched into beta with our Ethical Manufacturing Platform enabling brands to find ethical factories around the world, communicate directly, compare pricing, and manage their production all in one place. We are a wee bit excited as this will allow production dollars to flow directly to the factories providing sustainable employment in their communities. Our database currently hosts cut and sew garment factories making apparel and accessories in a range of quantities.
Are you ready to find an ethical factory to produce your clothing? Join the beta now to get access to factories around the world and take advantage of hands-on help from our team as we are in these early days.