Every week, the Good On You team scours the internet, so you can have easy access to the ethical and sustainable fashion news that matters. Here’s everything you need to know this week.
In the know
The real price of your throwaway fast fashion: shocking images reveal the mountains of cheap clothes dumped in Kenya
Shocking images show millions of items of cheap clothing are being dumped in Nairobi that are too dirty or damaged to be reused, The Daily Mail reports. Experts call for brands to be forced to pay for their waste.
Clothing industry put on notice as fast fashion and unwanted clothing takes environmental toll
Good On You co-founder and CEO Gordon Renouf spoke to Claire Moodie for ABC News on the cheap clothing problem: “We as households are spending about the same amount of money on average that we spent 20, 30, 40 years ago, but we’re buying four times as much clothing for that money,” says Renouf.
The Or Foundation launches Stop Waste Colonialism campaign
Recent crucial work by The Or Foundation sees the launch of the Stop Waste Colonialism campaign and position paper, which is working to catalyse a justice-led transition from a linear textiles economy to a circular textiles economy. The campaign hones in on the community at the end of fashion’s oversupplied linear economy—Kantamanto Market in Accra, Ghana.
A sustainable fashion week. Too good to be true?
If reading “sustainable” and “fashion week” in the same sentence makes you raise your eyebrow, you’re not alone. But while fashion weeks are traditionally some of the most wasteful events in the industry, smaller-scale Copenhagen fashion week is pushing to turn the tide by leading the way in eco credentials.
“Based on the United Nations sustainable development goals, the organisers decided on 18 requirements that would apply to the event itself, as well as to all designers who wanted to participate,” reports Chloe Mac Donnell for The Guardian.