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Environmental bill in New York would regulate fashion industry

A new bill introduced in both the House and Senate in New York calls on the fashion industry to shape up when it comes to climate change.

The Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act, or Fashion Act, would impose emissions targets for any fashion company with more than $100,000 in annual sales and require them to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the amount of water, energy, plastic and other chemicals used in the creation of textiles and manufacturing and distribution of clothing.

If companies fail to disclose these statistics, the State of New York would not only disallow them from selling in the state, but also publicly name them. They will also be fined until they comply with the environmental targets set forth in the Fashion Act.

“It’s really important that you find some of the greatest contributors [to climate change] and address those, because we’ve run out of time,” Assembly Member Anna Kelles, who co-sponsored the bill, told Yahoo News. “That is a really big chunk of all greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kelles. “If we can change that impact, it is a big step.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: EU.PATAGONIA.COM

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