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LUCY SIEGLE (AUTHOR; JOURNALIST, THE GUARDIAN; CO-FOUNDER, GREEN CARPET CHALLENGE)

2013 will see a continued examination of the supply chain of fashion. This will broaden from the fundamental materials and old stomping ground of the ethical campaigning sector, cotton, to look at other materials in more depth such as silk and leather which are important to the luxury sector. Luxury brands will make a more audacious play to own sustainability in supply chain and place themselves as problem solvers when it comes to the environmental impact of fashion.

If there is one legacy of the ghastly Tazreen factory fire that struck in Bangladesh on November 24, killing over 100 garment workers, it should be that the issue of labour rights will be revitalised for the first half of this year at least. News agencies in the U.S. and Canada have taken a big interest in this story and on the ground reporting has been strong. It should lead to a more thorough examination of the points in the garment supply chain that make factory deaths so probable.

All of the above creates a climate where local makers with a grip on their supply chain can capitalise. See as evidence the rise in hand-knitting, good-quality leather accessories where the story of the local producer, and a clean supply chain fosters nationalistic pride (i.e., handmade in the U.S.A.) and comforts the consumer.

Watch out for the emergence of new ethical fashion fighters. This is "radical fashion" from young wearers and producers who will perhaps be the first recent generation to shun fast fashion and bypass big brands or even big name designers. They're not interested in reforming of high-street stores and designers because brands are dead to them. This could be very interesting indeed.

ECO-FASHION ORACLES

1. Lucy Siegle (The Guardian, Green Carpet Challenge, To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?)

2. Summer Rayne Oakes (Source4Style)

3. Sass Brown (Fashion Institute of Technology, Eco Fashion)

4. Li Yifung (Greenpeace)

5. Elizabeth Cline (Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion)

6. John Patrick (Organic)

7. Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart (Vaute Couture)

8. Gretchen Jones

9. Tara St. James (Study NY)

10. Karen Stewart and Howard Brown (Stewart + Brown)

11. Carrie Parry

12. Meghan Sebold (Afia)

13. Timo Rissanen (Parsons The New School for Design)

14. Leah Borromeo (Dirty White Gold)

15. Owyn Ruck (Textile Arts Center)

16. Bahar Shahpar

17. Anthony Lilore (Restore Clothing, Save the Garment Center)

18. Anjelika Krishna Daftuar (A.D.O. Clothing)

19. Angelina Rennell (Lina Rennell, Beklina)

20. Abigail Doan

21. Adriana Herrara (Fashioning Change)

22. Bob Bland (Brooklyn Royalty, Manufacture NY)

23. Joshua Katcher (The Discerning Brute, Brave GentleMan)

24. Britt Howard (Portland Garment Factory)

25. Christina Dean (Redress HK)

26. Anna Griffin (Coco Eco)

27. Amy DuFault

28. Starre Vartan (Eco-Chick, The Eco Chick Guide to Life)

29. Johanna Björk (Goodlifer)

30. Emma Grady (Past Fashion Future)

One Response to “30 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2013”

  1. Brulee says:

    I think that one of the main ethical questions should be over the lack of choice in skincare/make up brands unless one chooses to shoponline at places like Naturisimo or LoveLula where only non animal tested products are sold? In Department stores and Boots many brands especially the ‘high end’ designer ones still use the cruel and unreliable draize and force feeding methods rather than the more reliable alternatives, even ingredients linked to skin irritation and cancer are still used. This is less likely in BUAV approved non animal tested products as natural alternatives, higher quality are often preferred?

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