MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
THE BLOG OF THE RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

The Oscars Fashion Police: Deforestation Edition

With the Oscars now behind us, Rainforest Action Network is doing some fashion policing of its own.

While all the nominees and winners looked fabulous, those gorgeous clothes can have a serious impact on forests and human rights. Controversial fabrics such as rayon, viscose, Tencel, lyocell, and modal are leaving their mark--not on the red carpet, but on endangered forests--and creating serious impacts for Indigenous communities.

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Congrats, Rosamund - but we're worried about how that dress was made...

 

In order to address this, luxury brands like Prada, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Vince need to do the right thing and take responsibility for the consequences caused by their clothing.

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Miles Teller had a great year with Whiplash - but forests worldwide did not.

 

That means stepping up with a forest friendly policy, one that traces the fiber used in their fabrics back to where it was grown, and eliminates suppliers found responsible for human rights abuses and deforestation - companies like Royal Golden Eagle Group and its subsidiaries like Sateri.

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Emma Stone freaked out over her Oscar nomination for Birdman. But what she may not know is that those clothes could be connected to the theft of Indigenous land for fabric production, and that's truly freaky. 

 

After thousands took action on social media last week, and hundreds of activists have been busy stickering clothing tags with deforestation warning labels across the country, luxury brands are starting to take notice.

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We're glad to see Michael Keaton again. Unfortunately, many forests are gone forever, pulped and turned into fabric by big fashion names like Ralph Lauren.

 

We need to keep the pressure on. It’s past time for these companies to make real commitments to eliminate controversy from their supply chains. Doing so would send a powerful message, and make a huge impact for forests and the people who depend on them.

Click here to add your voice and ask luxury companies to be leaders when it comes to forests and human rights. Join the campaign now.

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