A Study of Ethical and Environmental Issues in the Textile, Clothing and Fashion Industries
Reham A. Sanad
Department of Textiles Dyeing, Finishing, and printing- Faculty of Applied Arts-Damietta University, Egypt
Abstract: This study highlights various aspects and concerns of consumers’, producers’ and merchandisers’ regarding ethical and environmental impacts of the textiles, clothing and fashion industries starting from the design process to the end of product life cycle. Throughout the five discussed stages of textile products life cycle, it was found that the common factor among all stages and considered for developing solutions tackling its wastes is the “Material”. The design, style and fashion trend of textile products are considered powerful forces of all points related to environmental issues related to this industry. Printing, Dyeing and finishing operations are some of the significant procedures conducted as part of textiles and clothing coloration and design. These methods would employ synthetic polluting materials and/or consume high amounts of natural resources. Consequently, designing and planning of textile products should develop sustainable coloration schemes. Organizing laws and regulations are essential to consolidate and regulate all these aspects including manufacturers. It is concluded the relationships between addressed factors play effective roles on the environment.
Keywords: Social, environment, Consumer, Health, Fast - Slow - Circular Fashion, Branding.