How Will New York’s Sustainability Bill Impact The Fashion Industry?
At the start of this year, a new bill was presented in New York State that, if passed into law, would make it a requirement for brands to be transparent about the environmental impact of at least 50 per cent of all goods produced, covering everything from raw materials to shipping.
The assembly bill was brought by assemblywoman Dr Anna Kelles and New York State senator Alessandra Biaggi, with support from a range of influential players in the fashion and sustainability sectors, including Stella McCartney, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the New Standard Institute and the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.
The global fashion industry experienced incredible growth in the early years of the 21st century, now valued at over $2.5 trillion dollars and employing more than 75 million people worldwide.
In 2014, the average customer bought 60 per cent more clothing than 15 years ago, but each item was being kept for half as long… ushering in the era of fast fashion.
However, sustainable thinking is on the increase, it would seem, with the introduction of this bill helping to reduce the negative socioeconomic and environmental impact of the fashion industry.
From a practical perspective for businesses, the new bill will mean that they’ll have to start performing compulsory due diligence where their operations are concerned, so as to identify, prevent and mitigate any actual and potential adverse impacts across the supply chain with regards to the environment.
Here at Jones Supply Co, we focus on responsible design and manufacturing not just because it makes good business sense… it’s great for the planet, as well.
Our hospitality aprons are designed in Brooklyn and ethically made in Portugal, finished with eco antimicrobial technology, all with the aim of having a low impact on the environment.