Three topics are on the agenda: climate, biodiversity and oceans.
For climate, they have agreed to reduce and avoid carbon emissions, and offset through verifiable programs, with the goal of achieving a net-zero in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. They have committed to using 100% renewable energy throughout the entire supply chain by 2030.
For biodiversity, the aim is to use approaches that restore soil, support production systems that respect animal welfare and use materials that have no negative impact on key species and ecosystems. Aligning to the current news about the fires in Amazonia, they promised not to contribute to the loss or degradation of natural forests.
Finally, with regard to oceans, they have decided to stop using single-use plastics by 2030. Another key goal considering this article: the support of innovation to eliminate microfiber pollution from the washing of synthetic materials and source materials that do not result in the chemical pollution of rivers and oceans. Also, they wish to support new technologies to safeguard the rivers and oceans from chemicals released through the fashion production supply-chain.
The bottom line
All this shows that the fashion industry is conscious of the impact it has on the environment. It is trying to change in order to slow the damage that it makes. It is uncertain how these fast fashion (and some high end) brands, whose business models rely on the fast pace of seasonality and the disposability of garments, will manage to make affordable ethical clothing. What is certain, however, is that this Pact will raise awareness among consumers and make way for the innovations transforming this huge industry.