Opinion

Why Water Is The Next Big Topic For Fashion

If fashion’s negative effect on water is the latest sustainability talking point, what can businesses do to limit their impact? Clare Press, Vogue Australia’s Sustainability Editor-at-Large, finds out.

There are certain topics – waste, circularity, transparency, fast fashion’s pace, garment worker exploitation – that we’re used to hearing about. They make headlines, become themes for conferences and lead conversations about sustainable fashion.

At the end of last year, climate change joined that list, when 43 companies signed up to the UN Fashion Climate Charter at the COP24 climate conference in Poland, committing to respect the terms of the Paris Agreement and aim for net zero gre…