Mediterranean Fashion Revolution – The Future is already here
While the Mediterranean fashion industry has been having the talk on transparency, ethical standards and reducing environmental degradation, it has not always been walking the talk. If fashion houses want to remain avant-garde, they must redesign their thinking beyond next season, and take part in the sustainable fashion revolution.
Textile is the second-biggest consumer of water, and you may not be aware of it, but the textile industry has a dark stain. Textile dyeing is the second-largest polluter of clean water globally. Polyester microfibers add to ever-growing volumes of plastic in the environment. Most garments are not biodegradable, and present serious threats to our oceans and wastelands. Growing cotton increases the impact of toxic chemical use in agriculture. Let us not even touch upon gender, human and labour rights.
Most alarmingly, consumer behaviour has shifted, and consumer purchases have increased by 60% in the past 20 years. Eighty per cent of discarded textiles ends up at landfills. Only 20% of clothing globally is reused or recycled, and less than 1% of collected clothing is recycled.
The circular economy as the upcycling, recycling, decomposition, re-assembling, conversion, repair, composting or smelting of products and materials, which have served their purposes. The fashion industry should redesign its social and environmental footprint. It should be more mindful of diminishing natural resources, environmental pollution and the exploitation of nature, people and animals, and it should tackle the unequal distribution of commodities.
20th November 2019
15:30 – 17:30
The Future of Mediterranean Textile
The fourth industrial revolution is disrupting fashion as much as it is disrupting other businesses, and the industry is facing many challenges that need to be tackled systemically. How the new “revolution” can disrupt almost every existing industry and can do so in ways that transform systems of production, management and governance?
The fourth industrial revolution is here and is already affecting the fashion business through digital fabrication technologies, sustainable manufacturing, 3-D printing and new computational design techniques. However, it does evolve; business leaders in consumer industries like fashion cannot afford to dither.