As world leaders convene to address the climate crisis at COP26, the environmental impact of the fashion industry – and its potential to lead on climate solutions – is somehow still failing to reach the policy agenda.


The fashion industry contributes approximately 2.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in a single year, equivalent to 4% of all global emissions. This staggering figure is comparable to the annual emissions of France, Germany and the United Kingdom combined. What’s more, if the fashion industry was a nation state, it would rank as the seventh largest global economy. Any policy talks that want to tackle the climate crisis are clearly missing a trick when it comes to utilising this powerful medium for change.

Fortunately, fashion changemakers are fighting to change this by bringing crucial conversations about fashion and textiles to COP26.


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