March 2023: It’s B-Corp Month and a timely reminder that there are a great many businesses like ours delivering big impact in the world. We were delighted to see the QSA logo listed with honour next to a host of other women-led B Corps as part of International Womens Day 2023.
It’s also a good time to reflect on other organisations having a huge impact, whether they’re B Corps or not. Here are things that caught our eye over the last few weeks.
Textile waste – small volumes but a huge carbon impact
Zero Waste Scotland published research assessing the carbon impacts of typical household waste in Scotland. It’s latest report (available here) estimates that although textile waste only accounted for 4% of the weight of household waste in 2020, it makes up 32% of the carbon impact of what’s in the bin!
We’d like to see a comparative assessment of the bins across the rest of the UK, the previous data from WRAP for 2017 shows textiles at 4.7% of household waste – but things may have changed since the pandemic.
Green claims in the fashion sector
We’re also eager to see the outcome of the Competition & Markets Authority’s investigation into green claims in the fashion sector. With so many brands claiming sustainable clothing, recycled content, and lower-impact fibres it’s hard for consumers to work out whether the wool’s being pulled over their eyes (or, indeed, where the wool came from.)
The public is already calling out brands for sustainability claims that don’t seem to align with linear fast fashion business models, and brands must step up their game on switching to circular options quickly. If your brand needs some help, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in circularity, see our other displacement work:
» One In Three Buy Used Clothes – Is Your Brand Missing Out?
» Understanding the environmental savings of buying pre-owned fashion
The fashion industry must act – the government is putting a pause on EPR
It’s also evident from recent news that the UK Government is focusing on sorting out Extended Producer Responsibility on packaging before it moves on to the textiles and fashion sector. While that might feel like a regulatory reprieve, it’s not going to help deliver the changes needed to tackle the sector’s climate impacts or meet the vision set out by the Institute of Positive Fashion in its Circular Fashion Ecosystem report.
We think that industry can play a major role in helping the Government develop EPR in a way that is fair, balanced and based on good evidence and data.