COVID-19 and sustainable fashion?

Will COVID-19 support the transition to a more sustainable fashion industry?

Peer-reviewed research article: Dr Taylor Brydges, Dr Monique Retamal & Dr Mary Hanlon

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on global supply chains, and the fashion industry is no exception. In this article, the author’s unpack key tensions to consider whether COVID-19 has worked as a wake-up call for the global sector.

“In this policy brief, we examine the impact of COVID-19 on sustainability initiatives in the fashion industry. We ask whether COVID-19 is likely to support the transition to a more sustainable fashion industry. In answering this question, we utilize a framework for examining sustainability along the fashion-supply chain, highlighting the opportunities and challenges for a sustainable transition with respect to design, production, retail, consumption, and end-of-life. At each step, we also consider socioeconomic dimensions with regard to social impacts, employment, and gender. In doing so, we argue that any meaningful shift toward sustainability and a just transition must recognize social and environmental challenges as interconnected, addressing structural inequalities.”

Click here to read the full open-access article, published in 2020 in the journal Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy.

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Full reference //

Brydges, T., Retamal, M. & Hanlon, M. (2020). Will COVID-19 support the transition to a more sustainable fashion industry?, Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 16:1, 298-308, DOI: 10.1080/15487733.2020.1829848

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