Fashion's Environmental Impact
Fashion is a large contributor to climate change. Greenhouse gas is being emitted throughout the fashion value chain, from raw materials and production to the use and disposal of textiles. If the industry stays on its current trajectory, emissions from textile production will rise by more than 60% by 2030, according to experts.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
It is estimated that more than half of the fast fashion produced is disposed under a year and the environmental damage is increasing as the industry grows. There are many parts of the supply chain needs to be addressed to transform the fashion industry to reduce these problems, but it starts with building awareness and willingness to change.
Accessory production and its packaging is not different from garment manufacturing. Its production and materials carries environmentally harmful and toxic chemicals such as cadmium, lead and nickel. An independent research shows that chemicals found in fashion jewelry have serious potential health risks associated. In addition, the lack of transparency and complexity of the global supply chain makes the shift to sustainable production challenging.
The poor quality of fast fashion accessories become cheap and disposable. They mostly are not recyclable and ultimately will end up in landfill or incinerated. Current global supply chain to produce these items cause environmental problems like habitat destruction and greenhouse gas emissions including the cost of people with unfair working conditions.
At DEZEN we aim to address these issues and make planet friendly accessories possible. We are using new technologies to guide our customers towards more sustainable choices, reverse the impact of our carbon footprint and enable carbon offsetting via UN-certified projects while working with multiple organizations to improve our standards and support the green movement towards a better, cleaner planet.
Minimizing the impact from design to your wardrobe
- We produce DEZEN accessories in house with zero waste production.
- We design to circulate with recyclable, biodegradable or reusable materials.
- We remove waste from the beginning with operating zero inventory model.
- We warehouse and ship everything from our studio and eliminate extra steps for distribution to reduce the carbon emission.
- We use 100% recyclable packaging made from post consumer paper.
- We avoid using clear bags, but if we have to, our bags are made of bio-plastic from regenerative sources.
- We give Fair Trade Certified, organic cotton, reusable bags to use for DEZEN pieces to carry-on.
- Our website lives in a wind-powered web hosting provider.
- We pledge to 1% for the planet in order to minimize our impact further.
- We signed 2020 Circular Fashion Pledge
- We are working on our "Encircled" program to collect back DEZEN accessories to close the loop.
- We align and work towards UN Sustainability Goals.
We hand-finish each piece with care to make sure it looks perfect, and we are proud to be planet friendly brand 🖤
What is Carbon Neutral mean?
The carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that comes from particular activity like production, use and end-of-life of a product or service. United Nation defines climate change as a rise in temperature caused by the emission of greenhouse gases.
"Carbon neutral refers to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions." Wikipedia
What's the carbon cost of accessories?
There is no data available on the impact of fashion accessories yet, although according to the first study of its kind, it is considered an insignificant amount - less than 1% to be exact - comparing to garment and footwear which is 8.1% CO2 of total global emission according to UN. Large or small any production leaves an energy footprint, we know every piece we create costs the planet something too. It’s within our power to minimize this cost with our choices and help of our customers.
Measuring our impact
We are a new kind of brand, we believe transparency and information can enable everyone to participate in climate action. Measuring CO2 for DEZEN accessories and sharing it in similar format to nutrition labels can start much-needed clarity in a fashion item. You can have the opportunity to compare based on, not only style, quality and price but also the carbon footprint. As a low-carbon brand we believe our customers should have the information and the choice on their impact on the planet.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda adopted by world leaders at an historic UN Summit in September 2015 and officially came into force in January 2016. These goals universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change over the next fifteen years, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Sustainable Development Goals best known by the SDGs formed by a set of 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators, which have been signed by over 190 countries. The achievement of these goals implies a set of measures that includes the whole of civil society, involving policymakers, companies, public interest organizations and citizens.
Every year all around the world numerous initiatives are aligned with these goals creates conferences, workshops, networking events among others. Many companies have voluntarily committed to contributing to the achievement of these objectives published through the official website of the SDGs.
We are especially committed to working towards labor related and environmental goals of SDGs 5, 12, 13 and 17