Does your clothing contain rainforest destruction?
The fashion industry has a dirty secret—forests across the world are being destroyed to make fabrics we wear every day. It’s shocking but true! Popular fabrics—like rayon, viscose, and modal—are all made from trees. Every year, more than 120 million trees are cut down to make our clothing.
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For decades frontline and Indigenous communities in Indonesia and around the world have relied on rainforests to support their lives and provide their livelihoods. These forests are being cut down and replaced by monocrop tree plantations, which are processed into wood-based fabrics. Protecting these rainforests, is critical to ensuring human rights, endangered ecosystems, and our global climate.
Forest destruction for fabric has to stop. RAN’s Out of Fashion campaign works closely with frontline communities in Indonesia, concerned consumers in the U.S., and business leaders across the world to demand that the fashion industry commits to getting rainforest destruction and human rights abuses out of our clothing.
Our efforts are working! Thanks to frontline community resistance and supporters like you, fashion companies have made policy promises to eliminate human rights abuses and forest destruction from their supply chains. Today over 100 brands globally have adopted policies, including Out of Fashion targets Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret (L Brands), and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Join us in demanding that these laggard companies adopt responsible sourcing policies for their forest-based fabrics:
Closet Classics: Forever 21
Athletic Wear: Under Armour, Foot Locker
Luxury Brands: Prada Group, Michael Kors
Beyond Paper Promises
The fashion industry is undergoing a seismic shift as more companies adopt policies to address their risk of forest destruction and related human rights abuses. This shift is happening at every level of the supply chain, from over 100 apparel brands, to the producers of viscose fabrics, and to the plantation companies at the source.
These policy promises are an important first step, however true success will only occur when frontline communities feel the impact of these policies at the forest floor. By pushing companies beyond their paper promises, we can create real change for communities and for the forest. Learn more about our new campaign, Beyond Paper Promises.