Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur release report on fashion waste
Stella McCartney, the British fashion designer who only uses vegan leather, and Dame Ellen MacArthur have released a report on the fashion industry’s lack of sustainability.
According to the report, the equivalent to one garbage truck of textiles is wasted every second.
The report also states that only 1% of clothing is recycled into new pieces of clothing.
By 2050, the fashion industry could contribute to one quarter of the carbon budget is no sustainable changes are made.
However, if the industry conformed to a circular approach, the two say that a new fashion economy could see $500bn being raised for the industry.
“The report presents a roadmap for us to create better businesses and a better environment,” stated Ms McCartney.
“It opens up the conversation that will allow us to find a way to work together to better our industry, for the future of fashion and for the future of the planet.”
McCartney and MacArthur call for the phasing out of polluting microfibres due to the mass of 500,000 ending up in the ocean each year.
Other tactics including retailers and designers promoting short-term leasing, greater recycling, and the more use of renewable fabrics.
Big name companies have backed this report, including H&M, Nike, and the C%A Foundation.
Recently, H&M has donated 15 tonnes of clothing to Sweden to burn for energy instead of harmful, emission-emitting fuels such as coal.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.