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COP26 and fashion’s latest sustainable commitments

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As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP26) takes place in Glasgow, much is being talked about sustainability and how urgent it is that we all act now. From the 31st of October until the 12th of November, nations, industry leaders and experts are discussing agreements and initiatives to tackle climate change.

As one of the most pollutant industries on the planet, fashion is being called out on its practices and urged to make concrete changes sooner rather than later. The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than shipping and aviation combined. It’s also a £32 billion worth business in the UK – one that throws around a million tonnes of clothing away every year. There’s no surprise it’s being put in the spotlight and demanded more effective solutions.

Back in 2018, at COP24 in Poland, fashion businesses launched the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. It aimed to identify ways in which the industry could efficiently commit to tackling climate change. Its main target was to reduce 30% of the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, aligning with the Paris Agreement to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This was renewed and updated this year, pushing for more ambitious goals. 

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