Gallery: 36 Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2016

JUDY GEARHART (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL LABOR RIGHTS FORUM)

I predict—with all the highest hopes that a new year brings—that the fashion industry will begin to take a holistic approach to ensuring workers’ safety and respect for their rights, an approach that places workers at the center of the solution, not at the margins.

We have happily received great reviews of our recent report Our Voices, Our Safety, which features 60 long-form interviews with Bangladeshi garment workers.

Women’s rights leaders like Eve Ensler and policy makers like Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky understood immediately and deeply how complex the web of violence can be surrounding women workers and keeping them silent.

They also understood just how important it is for women everywhere to join together to help break that silence.

In 2016, consumers will call for an expanding menu of options to buy clothing that is made ethically by brands working closely with factories to ensure workers have a say in their safety and a seat at the bargaining table, whenever they seek to organize and negotiate for decent wages and working conditions.

These companies will boldly embrace transparency, publishing their supplier lists, and enabling workers to communicate back up the chain when there are problems.

And an increasing number of consumers will also pay close attention to whether companies like H&M are keeping to their promises for safety improvements.

ECO-FASHION ORACLES

1. Marie-Claire Daveu (Kering)

2. Simone Cipriani (Ethical Fashion Initiative)

3. Livia Firth (Eco-Age, Green Carpet Challenge)

4. Lewis Perkins (Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute)

5. Amy Hall (Eileen Fisher)

6. Kathleen Talbot (Reformation)

7. Christina Sewell (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

8. Kirsten Brodde (Greenpeace)

9. Jason Kibbey (Sustainable Apparel Coalition)

10. Judy Gearhart (International Labor Rights Forum)

11. Orsola de Castro (Fashion Revolution, Estethica, From Somewhere, Reclaim to Wear)

12. Christina Dean (Redress)

13. Nicole Rycroft (Canopy)

14. Andrew Morgan (The True Cost)

15. Leah Borromeo (Dirty White Gold)

16. Sass Brown (Eco-Fashion Talk)

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

18. Carmen Artigas

19. Shannon Whitehead (Factory45)

20. Deanna Clark (Fashion Institute of Technology)

21. Marci Zaroff (MetaWear, Portico Brands, Thread: Driving Fashion Forward)

22. Giusy Bettoni (C.L.A.S.S.)

23. John Patrick (Organic)

24. Safia Minney (People Tree)

25. Javier Goyeneche (Ecoalf)

26. Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (Vaute)

27. Francisca Pineda (Bhava, Ethical Fashion Academy)

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

29. Rebecca Burgess (Fibershed)

30. Maxine Bédat (Zady)

31. Rachel Kibbe (Helpsy)

32. David Dietz (Modavanti)

33. Jill Heller (The Pure Thread)

34. Suzanne McKenzie (Able Made)

35. Bianca Alexander (Conscious Living TV)

36. Amy DuFault (Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator)

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