Deforestation: Fashion’s Dirty Secret

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The fashion industry has a dirty secret—deforestation in the name of fashion.

Forests across the world are being destroyed, processed into pulp, and being used to create the fabrics we wear every day.

To make popular fabrics, including rayon and viscose, forests are cut down to make way for monocrop tree plantations. Trees from both the forest and the plantations are cut down and go through an incredibly toxic process to create what’s known as dissolving pulp, a white fluffy material that gets spun into threads and woven into cloth.

Green Divas Lynn and Meg talked about it on the latest GD myEARTH360 Report


This cloth is made into fabrics by some of the world’s most popular brands, including RAN’s Fashion Fifteen:

Closet Classics: Guess, Abercrombie and Fitch, Forever 21, Velvet, & Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret, The Limited, etc.)

Athletic Wear: Under Armour, Foot Locker, Gaiam, Beyond Yoga

Luxury Brands: Prada Group (Prada, Miu Miu, etc), Vince, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and LVMH (Dior, Donna Karen, Fendi, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, etc.)

The forests these fabrics come from—in Indonesia, Canada, Brazil and more—are home to critically endangered species, provide vital livelihoods for Indigenous and frontline communities, and are a key part of our defense against climate change.

fashion and deforestation?

Forest destruction for fabric has to stop.

That’s why RAN has launched our Out of Fashion campaign, to demand the fashion industry commit to forest friendly fabric, and put a halt to deforestation for fashion.

As this campaign ramps up, we’ll be demanding companies join the fight for the planet’s forests by committing to remove forest destruction and human rights abuses from their supply chains. We’ll need your help—educating your friends and family, taking action online or at in person events, and more.

Take Action!

Want to be part of the action? Say I’m all in to protect the forests! by adding your name here. We’ll keep you up to date with all the opportunities to take action as this campaign gathers momentum.

Check out our campaign video here:


Listen to this Green Divas Eco-Style podcast to learn about organic clothing… 

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Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. RAN works to protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and stop destructive investments around the world. Environmentalism with teeth.

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1 Comment

    Bamboo Hangers March 2, 2015 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    This is why we make hangers out of sustainable materials and plant a tree for every box of hangers sold! What does your fashion hang on?

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