Encyclopedia (Jun 2022)

Sustainable Fashion—Rationale and Policies

  • Meital Peleg Mizrachi,
  • Alon Tal

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2, no. 77
pp. 1154 – 1167


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Sustainable fashion refers to efforts to minimize the fashion industry’s adverse environmental and social impacts. This entry describes the industry’s entire production chain: from polyester production, cotton growth and wasteful fashion consumption patterns to landfilling, where so many clothes end up. The entry characterizes the drivers behind the industry’s poor record regarding sustainability and employee exploitation, as well as new policies around the world designed to improve the industry’s performance These include the Australian Modern Slavery law, the French law prohibiting the destruction of textile surpluses and the New York Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act.