Ethics of Fast Fashion and the Sustainable Supply Chain, with Ashleigh Corker Co-Founder Proto101


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Then there's a question of how it gets to you as a customer. A lot of retailers will put it on an airplane versus ocean, and that obviously has a lot bigger carbon footprint than a container ship in how far it goes is also a pretty big impact. 
 And so, There's lots of things you can do to sort of offset that. But not putting it on an airplane is like a big one.

The biggest impact from like a climate change and carbon perspective for clothing tends to be just how much of it we buy. And so when we think about like fast fashion if you're having 24 new launches, a product sort of fashion cycles a year that's really encouraging people to buy a lot more clothing.

Is the building is safe? That means like fire exits and there's no danger. There's not a danger of fire that the, the electricity is sort of wired correctly. You look for things that, that you want to make sure that wages aren't withheld that That factories, aren't sort of holding passports for employees and stuff that they're sort of forced to work there that, that there's reasonable working hours, people aren't working 20 hour days and that sort of thing

I think there's a ton of that, particularly in the clothing, because there aren't a lot of sort of universal standards. And so you'll see things, you'll see sustainable and with no idea really what that means. And if they're not talking or about the specifics that can be a big red flag. 
 Yeah. Yeah. You'll hear like an ethical supply chain that is, can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

You would hope for brands to be able to talk to the specifics and it might not be in all their advertising front and center. But you know, somewhere on their website, if they go into more specifics about, how they calculate the carbon footprint or like how, what certifications are using for their fiber, that's probably a good indication. 
 That they've thought about it and you sort of want to hear them talk about it across the supply chain from the fiber. So the manufacturing to the transportation and if you hear it across the whole supply chain, then it's probably a pretty good indication that they're being thoughtful about it.

Could you buy, 20%, less or less clothing this next year? You might have to be a little bit more thoughtful about what that clothing is. But it can make a big impact on your, individual, carbon footprint.

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