Sustainability is a very important topic, especially within the fashion industry. This is a fact that cannot be emphasized enough. Many fashion companies are aiming to become carbon neutral, meaning that the emissions they produce have no impact upon the environment. This is one way in which the fashion industry can create sustainable development goals and support them.
Sustainable Development Goals: What Are They?
The sustainable development goals are a set of 17 goals that were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. They include clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation, and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, and responsible consumption and production. These goals are also goals that we have been emphasizing. They will help to make fashion more sustainable, and lessen our impact on the environment.
There are several organizations dedicated to completing the 17 sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. One of these organizations is the Sustainable Development Goals Fund, which aims to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In March, it launched a $41 million portfolio with the goal of financing the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainable Development Goals: Affordable and Clean Energy
Affordable and clean energy is important for fashion. How do we go about creating affordable and clean energy? It refers to sources such as solar, wind, and thermal energy. Because these are all renewable resources, they are considered sustainable, and good for the environment.
One part of the Joint Sustainable Development Goals Fund focuses on affordable and clean energy. According to them, energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. The company fund is aiming to achieve several goals in the area of affordable and clean energy by 2030. One of these goals includes ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. Another goal is to substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Another goal is to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Innovation is another area in the fashion industry that we tend to focus on. It involves new ideas that improve lives in some ways. This can include making as many areas of the fashion industry sustainable as possible. When a fashion brand combines clean design and resource conservation in the life cycle of its products, this attracts more customers. The combination of innovation and sustainability is about the development of the economy. It is also about creating private and social wealth, and using those resources to lessen the impact on the environment.
Here are some reasons why you should start shopping sustainably, if you are not doing so already!
Responsible Consumption and Production
Responsible consumption and production are important in the fashion industry. However, it is not just available to the fashion industry! There are many ways that you can also consume responsibly, which we touched upon in this article. In terms of fashion, this includes anything from recycling to donating old clothes to thrift stores. We touched upon this topic in our previous articles, but it is a topic that cannot be emphasized enough.
Consuming responsibly is not just about donating old clothes or recycling papers and plastics, although those things are helpful. It is also about separating the idea of economic growth from the destruction of the environment, and increasing the efficiency of resources. This helps to promote a sustainable lifestyle, and will help speed up the transition to economies with low carbon emissions, or green economies with net zero carbon emissions.
By Anna Swatski