A new report says, Brazil needs to build a more sustainable fashion supply chain in key cotton, polyester and viscose production process to counter rising pollution and deforestation. The study, ‘Fashion Threads: Systemic Perspectives for a Circular Fashion,’ reveal, emissions from the country’s cotton farming and production chain have reached critical levels while textile waste has risen to 330 tons daily in some parts of Sao Paulo State.
This is making Brazil a key contributor to global fashion emissions, says the report, funded by Dutch advocacy group Laudes Foundation, formerly the C&A Institute, and prepared by circular fashion and green consultancies Regenerate, Modefica and Brazilian think tank Fundação Getulio Vargas. To fix the problem, the authors recommend that the bulk of cotton, polyester and viscose production, and other synthetic fabrics, be replaced with alternative and more environmentally friendly alternatives and urges Brazil to promote circular fashion or recycling to extend a product’s life cycle.
The authors also recommend polyester production to be increasingly replaced by recycled polyester such as PET plastic bottles, production of which has been increasing but not enough to make a positive impact. Circular fashion should become a higher priority with the government providing recycling bins, such as those used in other countries, and enacting laws to minimize or ban textile manufacturing waste, says Larrissa Roviezzo, Manager, Regenerate Fashion. Producers should also invest in new recycling facilities while designers should be encouraged to dream up products with reusable fabrics, she adds.