Identifying low carbon sources of cotton and polyester fibers

A new report that can help the fashion industry transition towards sustainable, low carbon production by detailing how cotton and polyester can be sustainably sourced. Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the international community has agreed to limit global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This level of ambition will require significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across the economy, including by the fashion industry, which needs to work with raw materials which have the lowest possible carbon footprint. The report “Identifying Low Carbon Sources of Cotton and Polyester Fibres” was developed by a group of experts brought together by the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. This report points to crucial actions that should be taken now and to a clear need to improve how measure and report raw material impacts.