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Brands lag in emission disclosure


Nearly 62 per cent of the 250 biggest brands publish their carbon footprint in their own facilities, says responsible fashion advocacy group Fashion Revolution. However, most carbon emissions occur at processing and raw material levels. Only 26 per cent of brands disclose emissions information at the processing and manufacturing level, and only 17 per cent do so at the raw material level. More than one third big brands have published their progress towards reducing the use of virgin plastics for packaging, but only 18 per cent did so for textiles deriving from virgin fossil fuels.

There has been slight progress with regard to supply-chain transparency. Almost 27 per cent major brands now disclose some of their processing facilities, compared to 24 per cent last year. Additionally, 11 per cent brands publish some of their raw material suppliers, up from seven per cent last year. According to the report, shoppers would like more transparency among fashion brands: They also believe ethical labor policies are important. Shoppers are interested in purchasing sustainable clothing but don’t know how or where to find sustainable clothes. More than a third say, if there were a store for sustainable clothes, they would do all their shopping there.