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Fashion

Why Secondhand is the New Black

REAL takes a look at the changing attitudes when it comes to second hand clothing and the impacts it’s having on the fashion industry. It considers the issues involved with used apparel.

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Fashion

Why the Government’s New Policies Won’t Make Fashion Sustainable

The clothing industry is unarguably exploitative, highly wasteful and a major contributor to climate change. However, effective legislation to address these issues has been frustratingly lacking so far. Government has instead preferred to rely on voluntary industry initiatives that deliver only incremental change, falling far short of the transformative action needed.

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Leadership

G7 to COP26

REAL attended the COP26 Coalition press conference. Panelists considered barriers to addressing the climate crisis, the militaristic response by nations and restrictions to civil liberties.

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Leadership

Should the Fashion Industry Declare a Climate, Ecological and Social Crisis?

REAL Sustainability and Business Declares convened a panel of fashion industry change-makers, including a worker’s representative from the global South, to discuss the need for the sector to declare a climate, ecological and social crisis. There was agreement that the serious, urgent nature of the situation means there is a need to declare and demand brands are transparent and accountable.

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Activism

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day – 22 April – marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. It continues to grow now inspiring an estimated one billion people globally to take action. Take the opportunity to consider your carbon, ecological and social footprint.

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Fashion

Fashion and Degrowth

REAL Sustainability attended the online event “Fashion and Degrowth” hosted by Extinction Rebellion. Historically wealth has been created in the global North through extraction and exploitation in the South. We need to work collaboratively to imagine solutions to the broken system which will vary between regions and countries. There needs to be a focus on people and the environment.

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