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“Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the environmental audit committee (EAC), in February 2019. “Our insatiable appetite for clothes comes with a huge social and environmental price tag. Fashion retailers must take responsibility for the clothes they produce.”

Sustainability has risen up the agenda to become one of the most important issues in fashion retail. In 2018, the EAC kicked off a year-long inquiry into fashion’s impact on the environment. That same year, Drapers identified a growing need for information and guidance on sustainability from our readership – the businesses responsible for doing so much of the damage.

In March 2019, we launched Drapers Sustainable Fashion – a one-day conference aimed at bringing together the UK fashion industry to discuss how to move towards a greener future. Creagh opened the event and more than 350 sustainability-focused decision makers from the fashion industry attended.

A second sell-out conference took place in March 2020, a couple of weeks before the UK went into lockdown. Both events highlighted the need for the industry to work collaboratively towards sustainability.

Drapers Sustainable Fashion will return in 2021 with a programme focused on how to build back better after the coronavirus crisis. 

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