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This week: Green is Glamorous, Brands are Going Carbon Neutral, Victoria Beckham Launches Clean Beauty Range and more...
Max Mara and Zegna receiving The CNMI in Recognition of Sustainability Award
1. Who said green can’t be glamorous? Now in its third year running, the Green Carpet Awards, an initiative founded by Livia Firth, co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age and Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, took place last week to found off the end of Milan Fashion Week. The event aims to celebrate individuals who are making fashion a source for good through improved ethical and environmental practices. Awards given out on the evening included The Groundbreaker Award, won by designer Stella McCartney for her pioneering work in the sustainable fashion space, as well as Doutzen Kroes, who took home Social Media Changemaker for her work rallying fashion brands and influencers to help end the slaughter of elephants for ivory.
Catch up with Livia Firth’s opinions on the GFC and ethics in the industry here.
2. In a slew of announcements over the last month, big fashion brands and corporations have announced they will be going carbon neutral (a term meaning they aim to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they put into it). International luxury group Kering, owner of designer fashion houses — Balenciaga, Gucci, Alexander McQueen — has stated it hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% within the next five years. This statement follows hot on the heels of Gucci, which pledged to offset its carbon emissions through a partnership with Redd+, a UN project to reduce emissions from deforestation, as well as Amazon’s pledge to meet the Paris Agreement’s net zero annual carbon emissions standard by 2040.
3. Environmental NGO Redress, founded by sustainable fashion advocate Dr Christina Dean, held its 2019 Redress Design Award in August in Hong Kong. The exciting initiative is currently the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition and aims to educate emerging designers around the world about zero-waste practices and techniques to drive growth toward a more circular fashion system. This year’s winner, Maddie Williams, who presented an eclectic collection made from upcycled textiles, yarns and second hand clothing emblazoned with prints of bones and planets, sends a message about the fashion industry’s deadly impact on our world.
4. Victoria Beckham Beauty has landed. With the tagline “Luxury Performance. Clean Beauty,” the new range will offer a selection of 100% cruelty-free products across skincare, fragrance, makeup and wellness. But just how green is the new range? According to their press department, the products are contained in packaging made from post-consumer, recycled or recyclable materials and minimal plastic, some of it also being able to be dissolved into water. The line also contains minimal chemical nasties in conjunction with EU laws, including formaldehyde, parabens and paraffin wax.
5. Singapore-based fashion designers prioritising sustainable or ethical production methods are still the exception, rather than the rule. That’s why we’re thrilled that more creatives, like Audris Quek, founder of Paradigm Shift, are stepping up to lead the pack.
Read more about her label here, which creates modern, minimal designs supporting communities in Nepal.
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