The Big Picture

Major issues still exist but change is afoot

Fashion and textile production haven't always had a good record when it comes to the environment, workers' rights or the treatment of animals used to source materials. But there are seeds of change and for each of the key issues, luxury fashion brands are initiating new practices that represent a more conscious approach.

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Issue

Fashion’s end of life

When clothing is thrown away, only 1% will be recycled to make new clothes. 73% will be burned or buried in landfill. 12% will be recycled for other purposes.

Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation
RE/DONE jeans

Changemaker

RE/DONE | Levi's

GMV +17% YoY

YoY growth in GMV 2019/2020
Source: FARFETCH marketplace sales data

Upcycles old Levi's jeans to make individual new pieces — this extends the life of the denim fibers.

Issue

Plastic

More than 63% of existing textile fiber supply chains are accounted for by non-biodegradable, fossil-based synthetics.

Source: World Economic Foundation
Bethany Williams tops

Changemaker

Bethany Williams

GMV +64% YoY

YoY growth in GMV 2019/2020
Source: FARFETCH marketplace sales data

Employs recycled polyester, reducing the need for new plastic to be created from fossil fuels.

Issue

Water use

Making one cotton shirt requires 713 gallons of water. That’s approximately what one person drinks in 2.5 years. The fashion industry is the second biggest consumer of water, according to the UN.

Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Boyish Jeans jacket, waistcoat and trousers

Changemaker

Boyish Jeans

New for 2020

Recycles water used to keep harsh chemicals out of fresh-water streams and works with fabric mills and factories to advance water safety in the industry.

Issue

Chemical pollution

20% of global industrial water pollution is caused by chemical dyeing of textiles. This equates to half a trillion gallons of water annually, making it the second-largest polluter of clean water globally.

Source: World Economic Forum & HEJ Support
Patagonia T-shirt and shorts

Changemaker

Patagonia

GMV +247% YoY

YoY growth in GMV 2019/2020
Source: FARFETCH marketplace sales data

Works to create a range of high-performance, synthetic dyes that use less water, fewer chemicals and less energy.

Issue

CO2 emissions

The fashion industry accounted for 2.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2018. Greenhouse gases absorb heat and radiate it over time, warming the atmosphere.

Source: Source: McKinsey Fashion on Climate 2020 report
Ganni top, skirt and dress

Changemaker

Ganni

GMV +35% YoY

YoY growth in GMV 2019/2020
Source: FARFETCH marketplace sales data

Purchases carbon credits to offset its greenhouse gas emissions, considering the whole value chain from production and distribution to packaging.

Issue

Metal ore mining

The supply chain for virgin precious metals, from extraction to finished piece, can involve multiple countries with environmental and social problems arising throughout.

Source: Common Objective
Melissa Joy Manning jewelry

Changemaker

Melissa Joy Manning

GMV +485% YoY

YoY growth in GMV 2019/2020
Source: FARFETCH marketplace sales data

Creates jewelry from 100% recycled metals, sourced from a refinery with the highest environmental standards.

Issue

People

1 in 8 workers globally works in fashion and textile production, often with very low pay and poor conditions. Roughly 75% of factory-based garment workers are women.

Source: Common Objective
Nudie Jeans manufacturing

Changemaker

Nudie Jeans

GMV +434% YoY

YoY growth in GMV 2019/2020
Source: FARFETCH marketplace sales data

Only works with suppliers that can guarantee that no one involved in the production – at the suppliers themselves or their subcontractors – is denied basic human rights or suffers injury.

Issue

Animals

More than 2 billion animals are estimated to be used in the fashion industry each year, in the wool, fur and leather industries alone.

Source: FOUR PAWS
Save The Duck jackets

Changemaker

Save The Duck

GMV +1,877% YoY

YoY growth in GMV 2019/2020
Source: FARFETCH marketplace sales data

Uses a feather alternative called PLUMTECH® in its jackets, and as a result is estimated to have saved the lives of 18 million birds.