The current fashion system and the impact on climate change

by Paola Gilardi on Aug 17, 2023

L’impatto sul cambiamento climatico del sistema moda

Climate change is nowadays a reality with the hottest temperature all over the planet and extreme events always more frequent everywhere. Scientists, governments and institutions are warned and worried about the consequences. The responsibilities of this global warming are in the growing c02 emissions and greenhouse gas emissions linked to a lot of industrial processes using carbon fossil fuels. There is an immediate need to change to avoid worsening our planet, compromising our agriculture and our environment and in the end our health.

We are astonished about how fashion industry emissions. According to a study of Ellen MacArthur Foundation report “A new textiles economy: redesigning fashion’s future (2017)”, fashion industry is responsible for more gas emissions than international flights and maritime industries combined.

That’s unbelievable!

Beyond, there is the pollution of air, water and soil with loss of biodiversity: this is the result of production methods using huge amounts of water, and pesticides to dye and treat clothes and last but not least the enormous wastes of unused clothes sent to landfill or incinerated.

All this must stop. We find that to dress up we cannot go on destroying our planets. There is a need to radically transform the industry of fashion and the way we make, use and dispose of clothes: this is why it is important to pass from a take-make-dispose linear production, to a Circular Economy of Fashion.

The pillars for fashion circular economy are:

• Used more

• Made to be made again

• Made from recyclable or renewable resources

We have created Seama to embrace this change. We collect and transform unused or dismissed stock and we transform these with creative design into our bags and accessories. This is our upcycling. We tend to limit the use of new pieces and when we do, we endeavor to use recycled or renewable materials. Besides we pay attention to the working conditions of our artisans, granting fair wages and allowing them to work expressing their creativity and in their own environment. We believe in this change and want to bring our contribution to the circular economy of fashion.