Travel in the global fashion industry has a big carbon impact, despite recent pledges from designers to curb waste and showcase sustainability at worldwide fashion events, a new report shows.
Research released Wednesday by Ordre.com—a platform that showcases collections online—and the Carbon Trust tracked employees of thousands of designer brands and fashion retailers over a twelve-month period, finding that the carbon output of a fashion professional is roughly twice that of an average global citizen.
Emissions from this sector of the industry, driven mostly by international travel to trade events and major shows like New York and Paris’s Fashion Weeks, is equivalent to the yearly emissions of a small country – or enough energy to light Times Square for 58 years.
“We need to be asking ourselves big questions,” Ordre.com founder Simon Lock told the New York Times. “How much do we need to travel to conduct the business of fashion? Should fashion weeks be dismantled and rebuilt?”