Fashion Industry May Finally Face Accountability for Its Huge Toxic Footprint

 A model walks the runway at the Prada Resort 2019 Fashion Show on May 4, 2018 in New York City.

A model walks the runway at the Prada Resort 2019 Fashion Show on May 4, 2018 in New York City.
Photo: Mike Coppola (Getty Images)

A bill before the New York State Assembly could finally impose some standards on an incredibly polluting but little-regulated industry: fashion. The proposed law, known as the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act, would make New York the first state in the U.S. to have any sort of environmental reporting requirements for the fashion industry.

The law would apply to apparel and footwear companies doing business in New York that earn more than $100 million in annual global revenue—a big umbrella that encompasses high fashion brands like Prada and Armani; mall staples like Nike; and fast-fashion companies like Shein and Boohoo. The law itself is essentially an accounting mechanism, designed to force companies to get a handle on their supply

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We’ve finally passed ‘peak sweatpants’

Global fashion shopping platform Lyst has revealed data from shoppers that suggests we’ve finally passed ‘peak sweatpants’. Back in the midst of lockdown, it seemed naively optimistic to splash out on occasionwear with no dressingup opportunities in sight. What we could justify splashing out on, however, was loungewear. 

The week after a third lockdown was announced in January 2021, searches for loungewear skyrocketed 488% compared to the previous year, according to New Look, but Lyst’s latest data suggests the other end of the style spectrum firmly has our attention now, and fashion optimism is in full play. 

“The things shoppers have been browsing, saving and buying in the Lyst app suggest an imminent return to going-out wear,’ confirms Bridget Mills-Powell, Content Director at Lyst.  “Sweats might have seen us through the past year, but many fashion-lovers are now looking to set aside the sweatpants and rediscover the joy of dressing

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