Valentino tops green fashion ranking

Valentino has come top in a "green ranking" of 15 fashion houses, while six high-end brands came joint bottom for failing to take any credible action on the issues of water pollution and deforestation.

Valentino has already committed to eliminating all releases of hazardous chemicals and to Zero Deforestation in its products, while Dolce&Gabbana, Chanel, Hermès, Prada, Alberta Ferretti and Trussardi refused to even disclose information for the survey. 

Greenpeace Italy’s Chiara Campione named and shamed Louis Vuitton as one of the brands at the bottom of the rankings list.

“They must take urgent and transparent action to eliminate the release of hazardous chemicals throughout their supply chain and products and put in place concrete measures to avoid contamination of their supply chain from forest destruction,” she said.

Greenpeace’s ranking, called the “Fashion Duel”, rates Italian and French luxury brands based on a survey of three areas of the brands’ global supply chain: leather, pulp and paper and toxic water pollution.

Brands were evaluated based on how transparent their supply chains are and their willingness to make binding commitments to create fashion free from hazardous chemicals and rainforest destruction.

Greenpeace investigations have revealed in the past that the textile industry is one of the major sources of toxic water pollution in countries such as China and Mexico.

As well as facilities releasing hazardous and hormone-disrupting substances into water supplies, Greenpeace has revealed that the industry is deforesting large areas of the Amazon rainforest for disposable packaging and grazing for leather products.

Since the launch of Greenpeace’s Detox campaign in 2011, 15 major fashion brands have committed to eliminating all releases of hazardous chemicals along their supply chain and products.

“If these major companies, and today Valentino, have taken the step, why should we expect less from all luxury fashion brands?” asked Campione.

Conor McGlone

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