Have you ever heard of the Rana Plaza collapse? It’s a tragic event that occurred in Bangladesh in 2013 and has since become a significant event in the world of fashion. The building, which housed several garment factories, collapsed, killing over 1,100 people and injuring thousands more. This unfortunate event is related to Fashion Revolution […]
GENERAL INFORMATION ON CRITERIA
Sustainable design is an important area with many interpretations – some focus on environmental criteria, defining it by a no-waste, circular economy approach, others by the use of solely organic or certified materials or a reduced carbon print production process. Others believe it is social criteria, such as fair and humane treatment of garment workers’ rights, living wages, safe work conditions and representation. For us, it is any and all of the above.
As part of our general design criteria, we believe that sustainable fashion means producing garments with consideration of the environmental and social impact that they will have throughout the total life cycle. We respect the Environmental Profit & Loss model, which evaluates how a positive or negative impact is created to balance earth’s books. In line with science-based targets (targets developed in line with what is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels), we look to prevent negative impacts, minimize impacts that are unavoidable, and push for corrective action when possible. After this we look outside of our immediate value cycle to contribute to a world in which people and nature can thrive through collaborations across industries
To support our assessments and criteria over the years, we have worked in collaboration with organisations such as Greenpeace, Cradle To Cradle, and NRDC, and our criteria covers key areas from environmental through to social. Specifically we address the following core areas: human hands, certifications, transparency, textile waste, biodiversity, materials, climate change, water and chemicals.
Sustainability has never been purely about the environment, it is about people too which is why we assess social factors alongside environmental ones. We are passionate about people, and when it comes to people, relationships and partnerships are central, with a focus on respectful, informative, collaborative and load-sharing across the fashion value cycle. This includes looking beyond economic GDP (monetary measure of the market value) as the only measurement of progress, such as quality of environment, protection of indigenous knowledge, and equitable distribution of prosperity across the value cycle.
Human hands are valued, meaning fair trade, safe working conditions, fair pay and an intersectional approach to business. Examples of the social metrics range from a safe and hygienic working environment, wages and benefits paid, forced, bonded, prison, prohibition of illegal or indentured labor across to community grievance mechanisms and security management for farmers and artisans.
Alongside our own projects, we work with companies, partners, organisations or brands who must center people along the value cycle. For example, this means textile mills and manufacturers, working in accordance with Labour laws, ILO standards and having a robust social compliance policy and compliance team for addressing key issues such as employment status and dismissals, work hours, child labour, wages and benefits, collective bargaining and equitable treatment.
It is important for our partners to be able to trace and work out impact, monitor process and to then improve the value cycle from raw material extraction to apparel disposal, as much as possible. For us, transparency relates to provenance and the provision of accessible, trustworthy information about origin, journey and impact. Our partners must work with integrity and act for the benefit of people and the planet, being open to all audits and readily providing key accreditations (see list below). For our project, it is important that all involved are traceable and transparent to provide credible communications. We support the use of platforms such as TextileGenesis™, a pioneering traceability platform custom built for the fashion & textile ecosystem for delivering radical transparency from fiber to retail.
With its huge environmental impact through waste, water consumption, chemical use, greenhouse gas emissions, soil degradation and rainforest destruction, the fashion industry remains a top polluter. It produces 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions due to its long supply chains and energy intensive production. Clothing represents more than 60% of the total textiles used globally and in the last 15 years, clothing production has approximately doubled. Specifically, textiles matter. It is hard to imagine living in a world without them. Nearly everyone, everywhere comes into contact with textiles all the time, and they create a huge environmental impact in the world. Fibers form the basis of the fashion industry – without fibers we have no textiles, and without textiles we have no fashion industry. The global eco fiber market size is growing, with natural eco fibers the second largest segment – accounting for 22.6% of the global market.
We focus on the use of sustainable materials – certified eco-friendly organic and/or recycled materials with proof of certification and measured impact. For example, we work with cellulosic fibers which are of renewable origin, manufactured through a sustainable process, with a focus on carbon neutrality, transparency and biodegradability. For example, core sustainable materials will have any of the following exemplary attributes:
- responsible production such as non-GMO, no harmful pesticides or harmful chemicals used in processing
- protect the health of the workers, farmers, and the soil, air, and water quality within the ecosystem where it grows
- use recycled or repurposed materials to prevent waste from entering landfill
- reduction or elimination of synthetics including those derived from extractive resources, such as oil and gas
- biodegradable and can be recycled back into the manufacturing process
- reduce waste production
- use water efficiently or minimise waste
- climate-friendly initiatives
It is important that the companies, partners, organisations or brands that we work with adopt design and process initiatives to reduce and reuse textile waste. All waste from productions is to be recycled, including packaging, fabric cuttings and dyes. This also includes wastewater and the products reuse options for end of life. Key performance indicators measured include Reused Fabric Waste Zero Fabric Waste and Zero production waste. Our partners work to ensure that the lifecycle of materials utilised are sustainably sourced, utilised and disposed to ensure future re-use, repurpose and/or recycling.
In addition, for all hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, agreements are in place with companies licensed by local authorities. All wastes are disposed of through a traceable system.
The earth has lost an estimated 60% of vertebrate animal populations since 1970, and less than 20% of the world’s ancient forests remain large enough to maintain the biological diversity that’s there. Whilst fashion is not the only contributor, it’s of the most overlooked. We don’t connect clothing to farms or forests but that is where it begins. We have lost touch with what things are made from and how they are made. We are able to create beautiful products because a large majority of our raw materials come directly from nature, or impact it indirectly. Biodiversity encompasses all kinds of life – running from animals, plants, fungi, and even microorganisms that make up our natural world – and so biodiversity impact affects realms such as air, oceans, freshwater, soil, and forests.
Alongside our own projects, the companies, partners, organisations or brands that we work with focus on materials and processes which do not have a negative impact on biodiversity assesses through a range of metrics such as Annex XVII of REACH (include the Azo Colourants, nickel release, formaldehyde, APEO etc.), ZDHC wastewater test report to ZDHC Gateway Portal with this ZDHC Aid: A826KT92, or the relocation of waste water, chemicals and fabrics to external laboratories for testing.
Specifically RCGD focuses on eco-botanic filaments derived from the renewable resources and manufactured through an efficient closed-loop system. We prefer to work with fibres and filaments which are vegan and biodegradable as well as compostable, so that they can fully revert back to nature. The Vegan Society seeks to promote vegan-friendly products to ensure consumers the avoidance of animal-derived material and animal testing in the production process. These material solutions are ecologically sound with no harm to animals and little impact on the environment.
In 2018 the fashion industry produced 4% of global carbon emissions – an emissions’ share larger than that of France, Germany & the UK combined. From raw material to disposal, the entire lifecycle of our clothing impacts our climate. It has been estimated that the fashion industry emitted around 2.1 billion tonnes of GHG emissions in 2018, equating to 4% of the global total. Overall 52% of fashion’s GHG emissions come from raw material production and fabric and yarn preparation. This is driven by fashion’s obsession with synthetic oil-based materials such as polyester, which account for around 60% of the clothes we produce.
Alongside our own projects, we work with companies, partners, organisations or brands who adopt initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce negative impact on climate, such as shifting away from wet towards dry processing, transitioning from coal to electric energy, sewing machines through new technologies and equipment upgrades and more sea and less air transport. Measuring and taking steps to improve the energy usage and emissions is challenging but we are able to provide support for the tracking and improvement process.
According to Common Objective, it’s estimated that the fashion industry currently uses around 93 billion cubic metres of water per year, which is four percent of all freshwater extraction globally. On current trends, this amount is set to double by 2030. In addition, reducing or removing water from the dyeing process would also reduce or eliminate the levels of toxic effluents, which end up as pollutants in local water systems.
For the companies, partners, organisations or brands that we work with, initiatives to measure water from farm to finishing are undertaken or being undertaken with a focus on reduction of water use in the production process. With the example of wastewater, test results are received at regular intervals from 3rd party through criteria such as the *ICS Environment Audit.
Chemicals are used during fiber production, dyeing, bleaching, and wet processing within the apparel industry – and in the process they have huge environmental and social impact. For example, the heavy use of chemicals in cotton farming is causing illness, alongside massive freshwater and ocean water pollution and soil degradation. In addition, some of these substances used in the production of clothing – from textiles to dyes – are also harmful to the consumer and our health. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and absorbs everything that we put on it, including the chemicals in our clothes.
We work with suppliers and partners who use botanical or low-impact dyes to process textiles and produce fabrics in addition to monitoring how chemicals leave manufacturing facilities. All dyes fulfill requirements of Annex XVII of REACH (include the Azo Colourants, nickel release, formaldehyde etc.) For all hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, agreements have been made with companies licensed by local authorities. In addition all wastes are sent with a traceable system. Examples of compliance measures include ZDHC GATEWAY membership and BVE3 MRSL %100 compliance rate.
Certifications can be a challenge, but we work hard to ensure our partners and suppliers are accredited for environmental and social impact by relevant schemes and respected industry bodies. The Ecolabel Index, an independent global directory of ecolabels and environmental certification schemes, counts 463 eco labels across 25 different industry sectors – for our work in sustainable design we focus across these key classifications, certifications, standards and schemes. Examples of programmes and certifications can be found below:
B Corp by B Lab
Cradle to Cradle Certification ™
Fair Trade Certified™
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Global Recycled Standard
Green to Wear 2.0 Standard
GreenScreen Certified™ Standard
ICS Social and Environmental Audit
ISO Standards: ISO 14001:2015
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®
Nordic Swan Ecolabel: Nordic SwanSA8000 certified
Plastic Free™️ certification
Recycled Claim Standard
SA8000 Social Accountability International
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
Sustainable Fair Trade Management System
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The Higg Index – Sustainable Apparel Coalition
The Vegan Trademark
WFTO Fair Trade Standard
Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production
BSCI Certificate: Sustainable Cotton Certificate
Confidence in Textile
Water is a fundamental resource in the fashion world. Textiles production (including cotton farming) uses around 93 billion cubic metres of water annually, and 20% of industrial water pollution globally is attributable to the dyeing and treatment of textiles. This presents grave problems, including lack of access to clean, drinking water in water-scarce regions and […]
We are always really excited to see Gen Z environmentalists doing their thing for our planet and we love to spotlight them! Today we would like to spotlight Dyson Chee, Founder of Project O.C.E.A.N. Hawaiʻi . Project O.C.E.A.N. Hawaiʻi has a goal to keep Hawaii beautiful by tackling plastic pollution and Dyson is making that […]
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Have you seen the trailer for the documentary ‘Jarracharra: The Art of Country’ yet? The documentary is currently a work in progress and tells the incredible story of how a group of remote Indigenous fashion enthusiasts from the Bábbarra Women’s Centre in Arnhem Land, a historical region in the Northern Territory of Australia, crowdfunded their […]
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As the COVID-19 situation unfolds outside, times are more proving testing for millions of restless people sitting at home. In response, many are starting to take on new hobbies, and get creative during quarantine. Whilst being able to stay safely at home and even get bored is a privilege, if you have the time, why […]
RCGD Global Founder Suzy Amis Cameron and CEO Samata to celebrate the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay with sustainable lifestyle summit, YES AND Digital Earth Day. The event will take place on April 22 530pm EST and is free to register, so please join the RCGD leaders in this conversation. Stepping into a worldwide new chapter […]
RCGD Global CEO to join esteemed panel for 2020 Sustainable Fashion Forum. More than just an event, The Sustainable Fashion Forum is a unique experience that brings a wildly passionate community of conscious-minded consumers together with brands, industry leaders, and change-makers for an experience unlike any other. The forum is the place where curious minds […]
As part of the ‘Creative Distractions’ section in our newly launched THE HUB section on rcgdglobal.com, you can find our new Channel RCGD which features exclusive and new video content and gallery images of our campaign over the years. Hopefully providing some much needed light entertainment and relief for our community during an unsettling and […]
Eco-warriors, we have just the game for you… Question – have you ever randomly wondered exactly how much your wardrobe is impacting the planet? Earlier this year online thrift store ThredUp launched a useful tool that calculates just how much your fashion habits impact the environment, based on what’s in your wardrobe. The newly debuted Fashion […]
Dear Sustainable Fashion Community, First and foremost, we hope that you, your friends and family are all keeping safe. At RCGD Global, we are well aware of how unsettling these times are for the entire world. This pandemic affects us all – personally, emotionally, spiritually, financially – as a global community. It is hard to […]
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WITH GRATITUDE FOR OUR GIFT BAG ITEMS… Our event brochure was printed sustainably by Pureprint Group, a CarbonNeutral® company with FSC® chain of custody and an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system recycling over 99% of all dry waste. The paper is Carbon Balanced with The World Land Trust, an international conservation charity, who offset […]
In an exciting new step to expand its impact within the global fashion industry, RCGD Global™ has collaborated with textile giant Lenzing’s new luxury brand TENCEL™ Luxe to launch a range of eco-couture textiles. The inaugural launch will deliver a game-changing solution to the fashion world, particularly red carpet fashion, which lacks a comprehensive range […]
Pictured: Harold Weghorst, Vice President of Global Brand Management, Lenzing AG and designer Matea Benedetti The best thing about creating a beautiful dress is knowing that everyone involved with the process has the same passion for the environment and for creating beautiful sustainable pieces as we do. We have been working alongside TENCEL™ Luxe and […]
“I WENT GREEN WITH RCGD BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE… True sustainability is a crucial part in healing, and ultimately saving our environment. The RCGD campaign’s goal is to make people aware, talk, and act further on this issue. I support them fully!” Olga Kurylenko represented the RCGD Global campaign in 2015. She is […]
I WENT GREEN WITH RCGD BECAUSE SUSTAINABLE DESIGN MATTERS… “My first red carpet moment at the Oscars was a meaningful one for me on so many different levels. It felt even more significant knowing that I was part of a campaign committed to sustainability, and the wider message that we can all make a difference. […]
I WENT GREEN WITH RCGD BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE “Sustainability is something which is innovative and thinking outside the box with what you have. Sustainablity needs practice and discipline.” — Priyanka Bose is an Indian stage & film actor, who played Kamla Munshi, the biological mother to Dev Patel’s character Saroo in […]
Los Angeles (March 2, 2018) – Zoey Deutch has joined Suzy Amis Cameron’s RCGD Global (RCGD) 2018 Oscars campaign. Deutch who stars in the upcoming film, FLOWER, will be wearing an eco-conscious gown designed by an established global designer that will be revealed at the 90th Academy Awards ® on Sunday in Los Angeles. Deutch along with Lakeith Stanfield […]
Los Angeles, CA (February 22, 2018) – Suzy Amis Cameron’s RCGD Global (RCGD) is proud to announce that Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Atlanta, Sorry To Bother You, The Girl In The Spider’s Web) will join them for the 2018 Oscars initiative. The critically acclaimed actor will attend the 90th Academy Awards ® in ethical evening […]
On the evening of February 23, 2017, stars came out to celebrate the Eighth Annual RCGD Global event hosted by Suzy Amis Cameron in partnership with Atelier Swarovski, bringing awareness to sustainable fashion. In attendance were this year’s celebrity partners Emma Roberts (“Scream Queens”) and Priyanka Bose (“Lion”), in addition to actress Missi Pyle (RCGD […]
Priyanka Bose wears a custom-made sustainable #VivienneWestwood Couture gown to the 89th Annual Academy Awards on February 26th. #VivienneWestwoodCouture #Oscars A post shared by Vivienne Westwood USA (@viviennewestwoodusa) on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:38pm PST
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (Feb. 23, 2017)—On the evening of February 23, 2017, stars came out to celebrate the Eighth Annual RCGD Global event hosted by Suzy Amis Cameron in partnership with Atelier Swarovksi, bringing awareness to sustainable fashion. In attendance were this year’s celebrity partners Emma Roberts (“Scream Queens”) and Priyanka Bose (“Lion”), in addition […]
Happy New Year from all of us at RCGD Global. Have an amazing evening! _______________________________________________________ #SustainableFashion #Fashion #EcoFashion#BeAccountable #EcoWise #Beauty #Art #RCGD #Quote #Quotes #SuzyCameron #SuzyAmisCameron #Eco #Sustainable A photo posted by RCGD Global (@redcarpetgreendress) on Dec 31, 2016 at 11:02am PST
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Styled by Sandy Phan, Lily Cole wore a sustainable gown by Vivienne Westwood; the Delicate Bird of Paradise corseted gown has been constructed using an iridescent silver fabric created from melted down recycled plastic bottles. Sophie Turner wore Galvan, an ethical brand focusing on small batch production and committed to fair work treatment, alongside transparent […]
It’s official our founder and her husband rock! James Cameron, Suzy Amis Cameron Unveil ‘Solar Sun Flowers’ Project – Five are installed at the MUSE School CA campus, where they are expected to power about 90 percent of on-site energy needs.“My incredible husband really knows how to give a girl a bouquet of flowers,” Suzy […]
Los Angeles, CA, February 20, 2014 – Suzy Amis Cameron hosted an unforgettable pre-Oscar soiree at the Chateau Marmont last night to celebrate the sixth year of her eco-fashion campaign RCGD Global. American Sniper actor Jake McDorman, who will wear this year’s winning tuxedo design to the Oscars on Sunday, reveled with Amis Cameron, James Cameron, Maggie Grace, and past campaign participant Missi Pyle. Also on hand were Maggie Grace, Samata Pattinson, this year’s contest winners Manon Gabard and Tingting Chen, both fashion students at ESMOD-ISEM in Paris.There are no photos with those IDs or post 1420 does not have any attached images!
Guest sipped Veev cocktails while perusing designs from the Red Carpet Green Dress eco-collaboration with Reformation. Titled No Red Carpet Needed, the collection is comprised of six dresses loosely inspired by previous Oscar gowns from the campaign. The collection is currently available in Reformation’s Los Angeles and New York City boutiques, as well as the online store at www.thereformation.com.
This year’s campaign is sponsored by Audi and Lux & Eco. NMS Properties, Veev Spirits and Earth Friendly Products also contributed to last night’s event. Additional support was provided by the generous donation of work from artist Jason DeCaires Taylor, which was part of the silent auction that also included stays at Oxygen Jungle Villas and Tabacon Hot Springs Resort, two of Costa Rica’s most prized eco-luxury resorts, along with an organic couples spa experience from New York City’s Setai Wall Street, and a package from Exhale Spa in Santa Monica, California.
“Coming together with friends and supporters of RCGD Global, toasting our sixth year and highlighting our collaboration with Reformation made for a special evening”, adds Amis Cameron. “I’d like to send a big thank you to our sponsors and to everyone involved!!”
“Celebrating with everyone committed to the mission behind Red Carpet Green Dress was really inspiring and unveiling our collaboration with Reformation was a big highlight,” added Amis Cameron. “Thank you very much to our sponsors.” Proceeds generated by RCGD Global continue to benefit MUSE School CA, a non-profit educational organization that Amis Cameron co-founded with her sister, Rebecca Amis, in Calabasas, CA.
For more information, please visit www.RedCarpetGreenDress.com.
Thank you to WWD and the LA Times on these fantastic pieces about our incredible talent for RCGD Global this year!There are no photos with those IDs or post 1418 does not have any attached images!
Winners, wearers of RCGD Global contest revealed – LA Times Article
Los Angeles, CA, February 4, 2014 – Golden Globe winning Actress Gina Rodriguez will have the honor of walking the red carpet at the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22nd for Suzy Amis Cameron’s eco-fashion campaign, RCGD Global. The gown will be the vision of contest winner Manon Gabard, a fashion student at ESMOD-ISEM […]
RCGD Global is live on Charity Buzz with a few exciting items for grabs from Fashion for Freedom and Naturepedic! Check it out here and be sure to get bidding, all items benefit MUSE School CA. Charitybuzz auctions access to the world’s biggest celebrities and brands to benefit amazing nonprofits.
It is nearly that time again. We can’t believe how quickly time has flown as we prepare for yet another year of RCGD Global.The campaign will launch soon with menswear and womenswear categories so please stay tuned to all of our social media pages for that news – you can find links to those below. Meanwhile, […]
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As style fiends rub their hands in glee over this week’s pre-Oscar fashion parade, Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of James Cameron, took the opportunity Thursday night to relay an important message about the importance of sustainable clothing on the red carpet. On 27th February 2014 RCGD Global celebrated 5 years of sustainable fashion in Hollywood. […]