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The Sustainable Fashion Round-Up: June

It's been a busy month so far in the world of sustainable fashion with two pieces of legislation being passed to bring further transparency to the industry. Here are the top three stories you need to know. 

In Europe: The EU are increasing transparency through legislation

The European Union has unveiled its Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, a comprehensive plan aimed at transforming the industry into a more environmentally friendly and socially responsible sector. At the heart of this vision is the introduction of digital product labels, which will provide consumers with detailed information about the supply chain, materials, and environmental impact of their clothing. This transparency is expected to drive change, as its helps us consumers know more about the origins of what we are buying. 

The EU's strategy also emphasises the importance of ecological design practices, encouraging designers to create garments that are not only beautiful but also durable and repairable. Additionally, the plan includes circularity requirements, which will incentivise companies to adopt take-back programs, recycle materials, and reduce waste.

In New York: The Fashion Sustainability Act brings accountability

In a move that's being hailed as a major step forward for sustainability in the fashion industry, the New York Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act has been passed. This groundbreaking legislation requires major fashion brands to disclose their environmental and social impacts, as well as implement sustainable practices throughout their supply chains.The act is part of a broader trend of increased regulation in the fashion industry, as governments and consumers alike demand more from the brands they support. With this new legislation, New York is setting a high standard for sustainability, and other cities and countries are likely to follow suit.

Chanel's Intellectual Property Concerns: The Battle for Upcycled Fashion

Chanel is facing legal issues related to upcycling and refashioned designer gear, highlighting the ongoing debate over intellectual property rights in the fashion industry. The luxury brand has taken legal action against several companies that have created upcycled or refashioned products using Chanel designs, sparking a heated debate about the boundaries of creativity and innovation. While some argue that upcycling and refashioning are essential for reducing waste and promoting sustainability, others believe that these practices infringe on the intellectual property rights of designers. As the industry continues to evolve, it's clear that a balance must be struck between creativity and protection.