Before the coronavirus crisis struck, sustainability was one of the top priorities for fashion retail in the UK. But during lockdown, efforts were largely put on hold as brands and retailers focused on the battle for survival.

As the industry slowly starts to get back to business as usual, however, sustainability is racing back up the agenda. Experts believe now is an excellent time to work towards a cleaner future for fashion. The pause afforded by Covid-19 has been an opportunity to examine how businesses operate and change for the better.

Sustainability is no longer a “nice to have”, but a mainstream and fundamental foundation from which forward-thinking fashion brands and retailers will be able to attract investment –and customers, who now demand more ethical and environmentally friendly product.

Now in its third year, the award-winning Drapers Sustainable Fashion conference will explore the latest developments in cleaning up fashion’s supply chain, and look at how we can build the industry back better.

Taking place on the same day, Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards 2021 will celebrate the progress the industry continues to make in becoming more sustainable, from the best circularity initiatives to the textile innovations driving change.

The awards are now open for entry. Good luck!

Highlights from 2020



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