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LONDON – Fashion Revolution has stepped into the (much needed) debate around carbon offsetting, noting that, “offsetting is the end of the journey, in addition to everything else that needs doing in-house, not the first thing to do to embark on a rigorous journey towards lessening impact.” Meanwhile, the NGO’s founder, Orsola de Castro noted that, “Offsetting is like saying ‘I’m going to keep a really, really messy house but pay somebody to clean the next-door neighbour’s.’”

Offsetting has come to the fore in the fashion sector in recent months. Gucci recently announced plans to make its operations and supply chain carbon neutral by offsetting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by supporting forest conservation projects under the REDD+ scheme. Copenhagen Fashion Summit says it will advise all delegates on offsetting prior to next year’s annual summit. And US not-for-profit Textile Exchange says its entire annual summit in Vancouver this Fall will be carbon neutral.

But is there a danger that offsetting is simply kicking the can down the road?

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