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Fashion's Sustainability Push Isn't Keeping Up With Growth

  • Report finds business practices improved more slowly last year
  • Brands struggle to scale up environmental, social initiatives
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All the recycled water-bottle sneakers, organic cotton tote bags, and mushroom-leather belts on retailers’ shelves last season weren’t enough to turn back the dial on the fashion industry’s environmental footprint.

The industry’s progress on improving its environmental and social impact isn’t moving fast enough to counteract its rapid growth, according to a report by consultancy BCG and sustainable fashion groups. Progress at making and implementing commitments like reducing carbon emissions and water use, boosting the use of sustainable materials, and paying fairer wages was slower in 2018 than in the previous year, the report found.