Sustainability traits are becoming more predominant within the textile and fashion industry. More designers are going green with their fashion designs. Designers such as: Eco-skin,Lara-Miller and Reif Designs believe that it is possible to achieve a sustainable fashion industry, by focusing on keeping small carbon footprints, and by informing others about sustainability within the fashion industry.
Sustainability is a compromise of three factors, economy, environment, and social goods. Going green will take time and will not happen overnight. There is currently an estimated 500 eco-designers worldwide, just five years ago there was only 10 or 20. Sustainable fashion is becoming more predominant and beginning to be acknowledged widely. Last year Elle fashion magazine devoted their May issue to green fashion and printed the magazine on recycled paper. Other big retailers like Greenloop, Nordstrom, Edible Arrangements, and Coach are using e-commerce as their first step to being sustainable.
As members of the textile industry we can all implement sustainability into our industry. Designers and manufactures can make a difference by
-understanding the theoretical, technical and practical considerations of the entire production process of a product
-collaborating with technologists, scientists, growers, and manufacturers
-understanding the performance and aesthetic qualities that are high on the consumer agenda.
Lastly understanding how the consumer will use the product. Once we get a grasp and are aware of these key factors, we will be able to quickly make a difference by creating a more sustainable textile industry.