Protecting the global commons

All life on Earth depends on clean air and water, biodiversity, healthy forests, fields, oceans and a stable climate. These resources – called the global commons – regulates the stability and resilience on our planet.

Today however, scientists warn that the planetary boundaries are being over-exploited and strained. Radical transformation is needed. To secure a safe and just future for humanity and all living things, the global commons need to be protected, respected and restored.

This is why we are looking for early stage ideas adressing one or several of the global commons, to create a sustainable fashion future. Do you have one? Make sure to apply.

Biodiversity

Cotton accounts for 2.4% of global cropland, but stands for 22.5% of the insecticide use.

Land

Apparel supply chains are directly linked to soil degradation and habitat loss.

Climate

The textile industry accounts for up to 10% of global carbon emissions.

Ocean

35% of all microplastics in the ocean comes from the laundering of synthetic textiles.

Water

Apparel production is the second-largest user of the world’s freshwater supply.