Summer 2020 Campaign
Circular fashion and the UN SDGs
A campaign designed by Poppy Smith in collaboration with CEW
Poppy Smith, Research Assistant
Poppy Smith is an undergraduate at the University of Glasgow and is passionate about changing our broken fashion system so that we can all enjoy fashion without it costing the earth of the lives of those who make our clothes.
Poppy has joined us as part of our summer internship programme and is busy producing new content for our website and other digital media channels. Please get in touch with Poppy if you want to know how to get involved with our work.
This campaign introduces the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) framework. The purpose is to highlight how the fashion industry can use the framework to reverse current industry practices that are harmful to the environment and people. A series of resources have been designed by Lynn Wilson and Poppy Smith that will shed light on this relationship and explain what we can do as consumers to help achieve the goals and simultaneously create a sustainable, circular fashion economy.
UN SDG1 is closely linked to the fashion industry due to the ways in which consumers deal with their garments once they are at ‘the end of their life’ and the wages fashion companies pay their employees.
UNSDG5 is closely linked to the fashion industry due to the demographic of the garment workers who produce our high street retailers’ clothing. This talk will highlight some of the gender inequalities present in these workspaces and what we as consumers can do to help.
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
UN SDG6 is closely linked to the fashion industry because of the vast quantity of clean water used within the production lines of garments as well as the environmental impact the construction of these garments can produce.
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
UNSDG 7 (with particular focus on ‘clean energy’) is closely linked to the fashion industry because Fibre production, spinning, weaving, dyeing as well as clothing manufacturing all consume high levels of energy. You may find it surprising to hear that in today’s society, textile production is the world’s second most polluting industry.
DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
UNSDG11 is closely linked to the fashion industry due to the ways in which people residing in communities and cities can exchange, donate or sell their clothes as well as the eco-friendly systems one can use to recycle clothing no longer wanted within these areas.
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
UNSDG 13 is closely linked to the fashion industry due to the various ways the textile Industry can negatively impact our planet’s atmosphere.
LIFE BELOW WATER
UNSDG 14 is closely linked to the fashion industry due to the various ways the textile industry can negatively impact our planet’s aquatic life.
LIFE ON LAND
UNSDG 15 is closely linked to the fashion industry due to the variety of ways we use the Earth’s surface and its forests to produce garments and the environmental impact this has.
PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOAL