The Future of Fast Fashion: How New York’s Proposed Fashion Sustainability Legislation Could Change the Industry

Abstract

If passed, New York’s recently proposed Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act is poised to be the first regulation of its kind in making the fashion industry’s supply chains more sustainable. New York joins an increasing number of initiatives, including similar legislation being considered in the European Union, aimed at curbing fashion’s impact on climate change and could potentially impact the global supply chain strategies of major fashion purveyors, particularly popular fast-fashion brands that depend on low-wage labor and large carbon footprints. Students are asked to discuss the urgency behind the proposed legislation and to project its potential impact on the industry at large.

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