The fashion industry has been in the news in recent weeks, focusing on Shein – a fast fashion provider on steroids. The coverage claims workers in its supply chain are paid as little as 3p to work 18-hour shifts. If they make a mistake on the 500 garments per day they are required to produce, workers will probably see their daily salary reduced by two-thirds… which is on top of the fact they have no weekends off and get only one rest day per month.
The fashion industry produces up to eight per cent of global carbon emissions, which is equal to both the airline and shipping industries emissions combined. Textile dyeing is a major polluter of water, not to forget, luxury brands are linked to massive deforestation in the Amazon. Fast fashion is out of control, and the average person is buying 60 per cent more clothing today than we did 15 years ago, with each item kept for only half as long.
Human suffering and environmental degradation on multiple levels, and we keep buying more of it – more than we need. The industry is growing too, especially fast Fashion. “The global fast fashion market is expected to grow from $91.23 billion in 2021 to $99.23 billion in 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8%. The market is expected to grow to $133.43 billion in 2026 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7%,” according to Research and Markets.
To get to the bottom of the issue and solutions, I was so happy to have:
- Jenni Thorman, founder of My Best Friend Jen and studio manager at Second Stitch
- Stephanie Dickson, founder of Green Is The New Black, host of the Live Wide Awake Podcast, speaker, and co-founder of UNTAM3D
- Raye Padit, founder and CEO at The Fashion Pulpit, fashion designer and sustainable fashion advocate
- And Susannah Jaffer, founder of ZERRIN, former beauty and fashion editor, brand consultant and community builder
These awesome humans joined me for a very powerful discussion on Climate Courage, titled ‘We must address excessive fashion consumption.’ You can find it in the friends and my content section below.
When attempting to understand the multiple crisis’ we face, speaking with experts of an industry is always enlightening. Every industry speaks its own language, but equally, people working in an industry understand the complexities of it, in a way those of us outside can never truly appreciate.
We kicked off talking about the complex challenges, which are multi-faceted and not easy to overcome at all. I definitely gained a much deeper level of appreciation of what has happened, is happening, and what the path to a more sustainable future looks like. The slow change I’ve been observing makes a lot more sense to me now too.
I also really valued their insights on what we can do – which is what Climate Courage is all about, focusing on our part in the crisis. Their insights were not in-your-face or judgmental, in fact, it was gentle and loving. It showed deep empathy and understanding of we, as consumers, and why fashion has such a unique place in the sustainability challenge.
I loved so many parts of the conversation, but my biggest take-away was our need to become more in tune and thoughtful about our clothing purchases. We need to start thinking more deeply, which if you know me, is something I talk about a lot. When it comes to our clothes and accessories, really considering the impact of our decisions, because when it’s cheap for us to buy, someone or somewhere is paying the price, and ultimately, we all pay the price.
I encourage everyone to listen to these four amazing people by watching this video, but also please follow them on social media – because they are sharing fantastic insights and tips we can all benefit from. When it comes to fashion, please also make sure you go beyond LinkedIn, because in this sector, the action is strong on platforms like Instagram, SnapChat and TikTok. Very creative too.
There are many layers in the planetary crisis that we need to address to ensure the future is not unbearable for our children. Which is why I am committed to speaking up to help raise awareness and hopefully, be a small part of the change we need to see in the world.
The crisis really hit home for me this year too. I have personally experienced four extreme weather events in the last four months on three continents. In fact, I just returned from my pandemic family reunion in Australia – which experienced terrible floods and there’s more on the way – to this in Phuket, Thailand. Thankfully it’s finally clearing up.
The floods in Cherngtalay, Phuket, 19th October 2022
Alright let’s get stuck into the reads.
Friend’s content and mine
How to bring vibrancy and life to your end-of-year festivities – from my friend, the fabulous Warwick Merry. I have endured many internal company events and I totally agree with his suggestions!
Welcome to Climate Courage – the actions we can all take, an introduction – I edited the script of the original Climate Courage launch for those who prefer to read.
We must address excessive fashion consumption – please watch and support these amazing people
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading, watching or listening to this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read, listen to or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Australia floods: thousands ordered to evacuate as floods hit Victoria and Tasmania
Flooding, mudslides, blackouts in Phuket tks Edgar Toral
Is Saving a Life Enough to Save the Ocean? | Peter Hammarstedt – tks Tabatha Tee
Telegraph admits: Project Fear was ‘right all along’ tks Benjamin Jenkins
How much could Liz Truss earn after resigning? tks Colin Tate
Exclusive: Toxic culture has plunged the Bureau of Meteorology into chaos tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
No, you’re not entitled to your opinion tks David Lim
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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Uncommon Courage: an invitation – my latest book
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