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Fashion industry leaders at COP28 highlight need to take action

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🗞️ Driving the news: At COP28's business and philanthropy forum, key fashion industry figures discussed sustainability. Federico Marchetti emphasized action over just setting KPIs, while Stella McCartney showcased her brand's sustainable practices  
• The fashion task force, led by Marchetti, highlighted their progress in areas like regenerative agriculture and traceability.

🔭 The context: The fashion industry, responsible for 4-8% of global emissions, is under scrutiny for its environmental impact. Innovations in sustainable materials and practices are central to reducing this footprint
• McCartney's brand, for instance, uses plant-based textiles and rejects animal byproducts, setting an example for the industry.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The fashion sector's significant carbon emissions and pollution levels necessitate urgent action. Sustainable practices, like McCartney's use of discarded grape skins for faux leather, point towards viable alternatives
• The industry's move towards circular business models and sustainable supply chains is crucial for environmental preservation.

⏭️ What's next: The fashion task force aims to transform the industry through actionable projects, not just theoretical discussions
• Digital passports for products, initiated by brands like Chloé, offer transparency and accountability in production and lifecycle management
• The growth of luxury re-commerce, highlighted by the Chalhoub Group, presents a promising avenue for sustainable consumer behavior.

💬 One quote: "We need to encourage, not punish," said McCartney, advocating for policies that support sustainable practices in the fashion industry and criticizing the lack of regulatory measures.

📈 One stat: The luxury re-commerce market in the Middle East, currently valued over $500 million, is projected to grow to $760-780 million by 2026, indicating a significant shift towards sustainable consumption

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