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UNECE/FAO Forests and Fashion at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 9-18 July 2018, New York, USA. © UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. UNECE/FAO Forests and Fashion at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 9-18 July 2018, New York, USA. © UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.

“Made in Forests” – a short story about sustainable fashion.

Malaysian-born film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh put the spotlight on the role that clothing manufacture and consumer fashion can have for a better planet with a new video, called “Made in Forests.”

“Made in Forests” highlights how conventional material choices rely predominantly on cotton and polyester – two materials with a high environmental impact. Cotton uses large amounts pesticides and insecticides, and very large amounts of water. Polyester is made from fossil fuels: each time polyester clothes are washed they release tiny plastic microfibers that often end up in the oceans, harming marine life and polluting our food chain.

UNECE/FAO Forests and Fashion at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 9-18 July 2018, New York, USA. © UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.
UNECE/FAO Forests and Fashion at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 9-18 July 2018, New York, USA. © UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.

“Made in Forests” was produced by the UN Economic Commission for Europe / Food and Agriculture Organization’s (UNECE/FAO) Forestry and Timber Section together with the United Nations Television in Geneva (part of the UN Information Service Geneva / DPI) and launched at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 16 July 2018, in New York.