Key Takeaways:

  • The market and regulatory mandate for mitigating fashion’s impact on people and planet is stronger and more urgent than ever, but industry progress remains halting and fragmented.
  • Significant investment and innovation has taken place across a broad spectrum of process areas and product lifecycle stages, but industry-wide maturity remains low in key areas such as supply chain visibility, product and component impact measurement, waste quantification and reduction, data disclosure, and fair labour.
  • Exclusive articles from industry leaders representing organisations like the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Vestiaire Collective, Avery Dennison, Renewcell and more paint a picture of the progress being made in apparel, footwear, and accessories – and the significant distance that must be travelled quickly, and through industry-wide collaboration.
  • Key technology vendors have shared their perspectives on how fashion brands, retailers, and manufacturers can make tangible progress in the right directions, from digital product passports and live product data, to material-metre emissions and new platforms for on-demand production and value chain collaboration.
  • All this is captured in The Interline’s first-ever Sustainability Report, supported by Première Vision, free to download for all readers.

Sustainability in fashion is a complicated and contradictory thing. There are more initiatives, campaigns, and products than in the past – suggesting a growing commitment to sustainable practices –  but the degree of action and the extent of the necessary data behind the scenes is extremely variable. Despite public commitments from individual brands and extensive innovation at individual stages of the value chain, these isolated strategies are yet to lead to collective action on the scale required.

This presents both a formidable challenge as well as a major opportunity. Brands, retailers, and their value chain partners are facing existential threats to their business models (and in many cases their business continuity) as a changing climate and worsening standards of living threaten the very foundations of fashion. But at the same time, consumers are demonstrating their willingness to engage with, and buy from, brands that walk a fine line of product quality, price, and environmental and ethical production.

Like all content from The Interline, our brand-new Sustainability Report – supported by Prèmiere Vision – is completely free to read, and it contains perspectives on (and potential solutions to) this combination of challenge and opportunity in exclusive editorials, technology listings and interviews, and market analysis. 

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In brief, the Sustainability Report 2023 includes:

  • 15+ original and exclusive editorials and interviews, covering a wide spectrum of collective industry action, consumer psychology, manufacturing technology, impact calculation, supply chain transparency, design-for-impact, and more.
  • A listing of the technology companies that are directly addressing the mandate for environmental and ethical action – from value chain transparency and traceability, to impact measurement and lifecycle analysis.
  • Our first-ever baseline analysis of the technology market for sustainability, with indications of where innovation is realising the most value for brands, retailers, producers, and their partners – and where the ecosystem currently falls short.

Key details:

In detail, you’ll find the following in our first-ever report on sustainability solutions for fashion:

Download your free copy of The Interline’s Sustainability Report 2023 to begin exploring how far sustainability strategies in footwear, apparel, and accessories have come, how far they still have to go, and what role technology is playing in that vital and urgent journey.