The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Every step, from the process of creating fabrics to the finishing product that can be quickly replaced by a newer one, all contribute to environmental damage. Hoping to move the Japanese textile industry forward, JETRO introduced “sustainability” as the theme of this year’s Japan Textile Salon.

This year’s Japan Textile Salon discussion panels are largely focused on the importance of the companies to invest in sustainability. “Sustainability isn’t a trend, it’s a direction,” said Chief Merchandising Officer at Untuckit LLC Bjorn Bengtsson. …

Claire Wu

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