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Colombo Fashion Week focuses on becoming eco-friendly

Colombo Fashion Week focuses on becoming eco-friendly

Colombo Fashion Week is reportedly focused on becoming eco-friendly given Sri Lanka’s status as a manufacturing hub.
While design in the global apparel industry is taking place mostly in the West, production has moved to other countries.
“Sri Lanka is one of the very few countries where the fashion industry and the apparel co-exist,” Ajay Vir Singh, Founder of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week has been quoted as saying in the media.
“Because both the industries co-exist together, we could pick up the whole thing and create a solution,” he has said.
“The issue that’s happening around the world is the parallel manufacturing and the fashion design industry is very divided.”
Countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh could also follow similar strategies.
According to reports, HSBC Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) has introduced “Responsibility in Fashion,” an initiative based on three key ideas to prevent garments from ending up in landfills.
The three key initiatives are Garment Enhancement Guarantee, Garment Disposal Plan and Return-After-Use-For-Purpose.
“The fashion industry now features among the top five most polluting industries in the world,” Singh has explained.
“It was always in our hearts to create a responsible and actionable program that could be very relevant not only in Sri Lanka but also for key fashion countries in the world to adopt. We have been working on it for the last few year years and I am happy that we’re the first in the world to implement such a programme.”
CFW has also introduced a Responsible Meter, a tool to evaluate garments presented at CFW based on environmental, societal and organizational wellbeing, local media report further states.
CFW has further noted that it has received nearly fifty applications for this year’s Emerging Designer Programme, and has chosen 13 designers who would incorporate the Responsible Meter and the three actionable impacts into their collections under the guidance of CFW.
“What’s happening in the western world is activists are saying not to buy this and that, but they have no idea how it is negatively impacting supply chains,” Singh has added.

OSL take:

Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is on a continuous growth path and has shown much interest in promoting eco friendly manufacturing processes as well as products. Sri Lanka’s apparel industry has also been benefited by the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country. All these are indicative of the growth as well as expansion of Sri Lanka’s apparel industry. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore confidently explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s apparel industry.

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