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New toolkit supports the future of fashion

Non-profit organisation Forum for the Future and the Centre for Sustainable Fashion have launched a learning toolkit designed to raise awareness of the impact that fashion has on global sustainability.

It centres around four potential scenarios that will shape the world of 2030 and the future of fashion: nature-based and “living with less”; technological advancements; cultural differentiation and nationalism; and the power of community.

Calling the industry out for its “devastatingly destructive” practices, Fashion Futures 2030 urges businesses to reconsider ecological, social, economic and cultural elements of their supply chain, in order to “engage and inspire new thinking and practice for fashion”.

It covers aspects such as the production of raw materials, manufacturing and retail, use and end of life, and draws upon practical experimentation, research and experience to outline the social, economic and political changes and trends that are shaping the fashion industry.

The toolkit is devised “to serve as a practical tool to help navigate an uncertain future” and “transform the fashion system to one that can help to sustain us all”.

Forum for the Future CEO, Sally Uren, told Drapers: “The way we produce and consume fashion is fundamentally unsustainable – but the fashion industry has the power to be a force for good by making sustainability desirable.

“Fashion Futures 2030 is an open source learning toolkit that aims to engage and inspire new thinking and practice for fashion through research-based future scenarios.

”We hope that it will enable fashion industry professionals and students to design transformational strategies, create stretching innovations, and communicate powerfully about a sustainable future for the fashion industry”.

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