News by Maddy Coffey
January saw the birth of the CFDA Sustainability Initiatives Resource Hub. The directory, available online and easily accessible to everyone, provides an extensive guidebook. Everything is covered from the concept of sustainability itself, to how to create an ethical company, roadmaps and strategies for a sustainable future, how to design, source and process ecofriendly materials, packaging and so on. Our daily choices in terms of “what to wear” are having an impact on a global scale. With fashion being one of the major polluting industries in the world, and constantly increasing awareness about global warming and climate change, the CFDA understands that the time has come to put words into actions.
The United States currently holds the largest apparel market in the world. It’s no coincidence that the Council of Fashion Designers of America has decided to appoint 2019 as the year for a tangible change and provide the community with a tool aimed at making the fashion industry more sustainable, starting by educating students, designers and professionals on the subject.
Sustainability is an issue that can no longer be ignored, and there’s no excuse to do so. It’s up to us to do our part to make it real and stop the climate change. As the largest fashion market in the world commits to making a change, it will be that much easier for us as consumers to follow along and begin to look more towards longterm statement pieces rather than fast fashion items that are discarded after a single season.