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The Fashion Pact

In August 2019, with the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, 32 companies representing approximately 150 brands from the world's fashion and textile giants signed a contract at the G7 France summit. The goal of this contract, which was recorded as ”The Fashion Pact”, was to improve areas such as climate, biodiversity and the oceans. According to the UN, the fashion industry covers at least 20% of all wastewater and is responsible for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions. And if no action is taken, textiles will be responsible for 50% of the world's carbon emissions by 2050. That's a heavy price the entire planet has to pay for fashion. Environmental concerns are forcing brands to change with their worldwide suppliers.

The primary aim of this agreement is to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 and to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Along with this, setting scientific targets for biodiversity, restoring natural ecosystems and preserving existing species. For the oceans, reducing the negative effects of the fashion industry by completely removing single-use plastics. Of course, the development of new systems for chemical paint wastes is one of the conditions.

On October 12, “The Fashion Pact” released a new press release. He shared the latest information on what has been done since August 2019. Within a year, the membership doubled and exceeded 60. It has become one third of the fashion world by spreading to 14 countries and representing 200 brands. According to the information given in the press release, they seem to have pulled their target from 2050 to 2025. First of all, in order to achieve all these goals, brands started to develop an inspection and follow-up network that allows to control and monitor the production network. They try to maintain control and carry out inspections in order to implement these measures at every stage from the place where the yarn comes to its transportation and to each small link of the supply chain.

There is still a long road ahead of us, but it is pleasing that there are steps taken with awareness. Considering our polluted waters and rivers in Turkey for the last 30 years, the presence of these measures also contributes greatly to our country which is responsible for a great number of contract export. From yarn to fabric, from subcontracting to shipping, every link in the supply chain will have to abide by these rules in order to do business. The wisest thing for Turkish manufacturers would be to invest in their infrastructure and take their place in the regenerating world.


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