Green Threads: Fashion's New Horizon

A dynamic panel discussion.


In a recent panel discussion, moderated by Shona Barton Quinn, Senior Director of Social Consciousness at Eileen Fisher, industry leaders delved into systemic changes and innovative practices within the fashion industry's supply chain. The conversation, rich with insights on sustainability, provided a roadmap for navigating the complex terrain of ethical fashion. Here are the key takeaways from the panelists:


Matthew Thurston, Divisional Vice President of Sustainability at REI, opened up about the critical role of sustainability across the value chain, especially with suppliers. He shared, "Disclosure requirements have been fantastic because they're kicking into gear action across many companies." His honest view on the challenges and opportunities from accounting rules showed the close link between regulations and voluntary steps towards sustainability. 




Keelin Evans, VP of Sustainability at Macy's, discussed the enormity of integrating sustainable practices within such a vast retail landscape. She emphasized the importance of partnerships for amplifying impact, saying, "It's a lot to scale our impact, but we can have a lot of influence." Her recount highlighted Macy's collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, focusing on water stewardship initiatives. This collaboration exemplifies how large corporations can leverage their size for significant and positive changes.




Ammar Belal, Founding Partner at ONE432, brought a deeply personal touch to the panel, sharing his journey with ethical fashion in Lahore, Pakistan. "Working with our 50 artisans," he said, "signals to a lot of people that things can be done differently." Ammar’s story shows the power of ethical practices in creating meaningful change, not just in product quality but in enhancing the lives of those who make them. 



The panel also discussed the critical role of worker well-being programs in the fashion industry. Such initiatives, which focus on personal healthcare and financial literacy, underscore the belief that sustainable practices extend beyond environmental conservation to significantly enhance quality of life. This broad approach to sustainability leads to a more dedicated and efficient workforce, showing the many advantages of ethical business practices. 

How about we start choosing clothes that are better for the planet?


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