'Major' Clothing Brands Sign Stella McCartney's UN Charter For Sustainable Fashion

The designer wants more designers to think about climate change - and she has reportedly already won support from some big high street names
Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney wants to make fashion more sustainable (Photo: MeatFree Mondays)

Veggie designer Stella McCartney will launch a United Nations fashion industry charter for climate action next month, reports The Guardian.

The charter, which will be launched during climate talks in Poland, will call for companies to work together to create affordable low-carbon production methods. Currently, the fashion industry is one of the most damaging to the environment.

According to reports, some major fast fashion brands have signed up to the charter, though it has not yet been revealed who they are.

Making change

"We really don't have long now, to change things," McCartney told The Guardian. "But I honestly believe it's doable - I couldn’t do what I do if I didn’t believe that.

"There is so much guilt and fear attached to talking about sustainability and that's not helpful.

"What is essential is for the big players in the industry to come along with me, because that changes the price point."

Sustainable materials

McCartney has hit the headlines in recent times, thanks to her use and support of low-impact innovative fabrics.

Last year she teamed up Silicon Valley biotech company Bolt Threads to create yeast-based vegan silk. She also joined forces with Parley for the Oceans to use recycled ocean debris in her designs.

As a result, she was awarded a Special Recognition Award for Innovation by the British Fashion Council at 2017's Fashion Awards, for championing sustainability and animal rights in her work.

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