DETECTED : fashion has an influence on the floods
It's no longer just flooding in overproduction... I see a correlation between increasing carbon emissions and the floods hitting Europe. Here are key articles and reports I read the past days.
CO2 emissions increase —> ice melts —> sea levels rise —> floods.
[* TL;DR = Too Long. Didn’t Read. Honestly, I had to look it up a while ago. ]
Hello friends & fans !
I hope you’re safe and sounds. I’ve been enjoying the good weather in The Netherlands but am also freightened by the floods coming very very close by. As Scientists have been warning: the COVID pandemic may be the smaller of our global threats. Therefore, today I’m diving (pun not intended) shortly into the topic of floods and what the fashion industry can do.
🕵🏻♀️Here are news articles and a fundamental report highlighting the importance of moving away from fossil and into ocean positive fibers. 🙃
Image source: Unsplash
🔎The Guardian: “Climate scientists shocked by scale of floods in Germany”
The US and Canada have been facing a deadly heatwave with temperatures rising above 49.6C. Now Europe is playing catch-up and it’s hitting extremely close to home for me.
“Climate scientists have long predicted that human emissions would cause more floods, heatwaves, droughts, storms and other forms of extreme weather, but the latest spikes have surpassed many expectations. “I am surprised by how far it is above the previous record,” Dieter Gerten, professor of Global Change Climatology and Hydrology at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, said. “We seem to be not just above normal bun in domains we didn’t expect in terms of spatial extent and the speed it developed.”
🔎Changing Markets Foundation: “Synthetics Anonymous". Fashion brands’ addiction to fossil fuels”
“This report investigates the behavior of some of the biggest fashion brands and retailers regarding their use of synthetic fibers and transparency about doing so. The fashion industry and its prevailing fast-fashion business model rely heavily on the use of cheap synthetic fibers, which are produced from fossil fuels, such as oil and gas. Since the early 2000s, fashion production has doubled - as has the use of polyester, which is now found in over half of all textiles.”
Images are from the Changing Markets Foundation report.
🔎Plant Based News: “Is the future lab-grown? From meat to diamonds: meet the companies leading the way”
“Environmentally, lab-created diamonds still use a lot of energy. But they are up to 10 times more efficient than fossil fuels, explosives and heavy machinery used in diamond mines.”
What I’d like to highlight is “Big Diamond” companies’ stance regarding these new ways of sourcing:
“Change is a threat to their business model. So for the last 20 years, they have spent a lot of effort labeling lab-grown diamonds as ‘artificial’ and ‘fake’.”
Another section of the article highlights the “fabric of future”. The artist Erin Smith grew a wedding dress made from mycelium. Find Erin Smith’s website here.
🕵🏻♀️The main conclusion, and my leading thread always, is that fashion can truly be a force for good. For a UN analysis of that, check out this page. Education is the foundation of positive change.
I hope this was insightful. Will you let me know?
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