Are These Fashions Linked to Forced Labour? Brands Can’t Confidently Say No.
At least 570,000 Uighur Muslims are being forced to work in Chinese cotton fields that produce one-fifth of the world’s supply, a new report says. Most fashion brands can’t promise their products aren’t implicated, with concern spreading from fast-fashion and sportswear giants to major luxury groups.
Big brands like H&M Group, Inditex and Nike are turning to biomass like wood pellets and agricultural waste in a bid to get the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel out of energy-intensive manufacturing processes. Climate groups say it’s not any better.
With global temperatures reaching new highs and time running out for brands to deliver on their environmental commitments, here’s what fashion leaders need to know ahead of the start of the UN’s annual climate summit in Dubai Thursday.
Vestiaire Collective will now block 30 brands including Gap, H&M and Zara from its platform, adding to an earlier ban on Boohoo and other low-priced online retailers. It’s an eco-conscious spin on a broader push upmarket by secondhand companies.