If you didn’t already know, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the fashion industry isn’t exactly known for sustainability. It is a $1.2 trillion global industry where the textile industry in China releases over 3 billion tons of soot each year, where millions of tons of unused fabric go to waste because they aren’t “just right”, where water is contaminated with fabric dyes, pollution is spewed into the air and depending on where you live, compensation can be under 88 cents an hour – not hardly a living wage.
Somehow we still gawk at the beautiful pieces of art – especially those that grace red carpets. Which is why Emma Watson wearing a dress made partially of recycled plastic bottles is a pretty big deal.
Calvin Klein partnered with Eco Age to create an absolutely stunning gown that was sustainable and responsibly crafted at every stop on the supply chain. As Emma puts it, “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the MetGala proves the power of creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.”
She goes on to say some other really great things. We’ll just leave this right here:
Emma just opened up a conversation that is now in the spotlight. In interviews since the Gala, in articles from InStyle to Eco Age, there is truly a message being sent to the world about the way we produce clothing.
Not to mention the damn dress is stunning.
So, where can technology and creativity take us next in the fashion world? Talk to us @StarterNoise using the hashtag #WearGarbage