Most companies of various economic and production sectors work hard to become sustainable and environmentally friendly companies. The disposable culture and rampant consumerism has been actively developed in recent years and companies, national governments and supranational bodies have decided to curb this trend. The also called “waste culture” could disappear soon. The European Union, and in particular the European Environment Agency, published at the end of last year a document entitled “The environment in Europe. State and outlook 2020”.
Among other things, they explain that “Europe is facing environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency. Although the EU climate and environment policies have brought important benefits over the past decades, Europe faces persistent problems in areas such as biodiversity loss, the use of resources, the impact of climate change and environmental risks to health and well-being. Global mega-trends, such as demographic change, are intensifying many environmental challenges, while rapid technological change brings new risks and uncertainties”.
The EU explains that “living well, respecting the ecological limits of the planet. Our prosperity and the health of our environment are the consequence of an innovative circular economy, where nothing is wasted and where natural resources are managed sustainably, and biodiversity is protected, valued and restored in a way that the resilience of our society is strengthened. Our low-carbon growth has long been decoupled from the use of resources, marking a step towards a safe and sustainable global economy”.
The fashion industry versus the disposable culture
The European Union is developing its Circular Economy Action Plan. Companies from the world of fashion have taken care of the environment both in their production processes, among their employees and in the sale of their products. Fast fashion is implanted in society and it is everyone’s task to reduce these practices that have a negative impact on the future of the planet.