Information Brief: Just Transition in Fashion SLYCAN Trust

December 9, 2023

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Policy Brief



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December 9, 2023

The fashion industry with its various supply and value chains is one of the largest contributors to climate change. Research identifies the fashion supply chain as responsible for approximately 5- 10% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, making it the third largest global emitter. This includes different stages of garment or textile production from raw materials to manufacturing, packaging, and transport as well as different scales and levels from small-scale producers to large factories, which can cause impacts to the climate, the environment, and on the social level. A major part of the sector’s emissions also comes from its raw materials, namely the production of fibres. Synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon are derived from fossil fuels while cotton requires large amounts of water and is often cultivated with carbon-intensive fertilizers.

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