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Public Awareness Resources on Textile, Garment, Fashion Water Sustainability


A report on water use by businesses in the fashion industry, the problems with current practices, and actions companies can take to improve.

A report that pulls on statistics and opinions of industry leaders to examine the sustainability challenges that the fashion industry faces, the need for change, and the ways that change can be achieved.

A report from the sustainable apparel coalition that explores consumers’ feelings about brand transparency in value chains.

The 2019 Pulse of the Fashion Industry Report, published by Global Fashion Agenda, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), is an annual assessment of the fashion industry’s environmental and social performance.

This report outlines a vision for a new textiles economy based on the principles of a circular economy. It offers a direction of travel on which the industry can agree and focus its efforts. In a new textiles economy, clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy afterwards, never ending up as waste.

Environmental disclosures by wet processing companies are poor. The wet processors in the Planet Tracker Universe give little quantitative and qualitative data publicly about how they measure and assess their use of water, energy and chemicals. Given the heavy environmental footprint of the wet processing industry this represents a significant risk for investors exposed to this sector.

The UN/CEFACT project “Enhancing Traceability and Transparency for Sustainable Value Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector” has developed a recommendation, guidelines and electronic business standards on traceability and transparency for sustainable value chains in the textile and leather sector in support of more responsible production and consumption patterns, in line with the relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A report that investigates how companies have dealt with sustainability and reporting on their own practices during the COVID pandemic over the past year.

Brands are talking about sustainability more than ever before, but does their rhetoric stand up to scrutiny? BoF’s new report, The BoF Sustainability Index, benchmarks 15 of the industry’s biggest companies against ambitious environmental and social goals and finds fashion is falling short.

The Fashion Transparency Index analyses and ranks 250 of the world’s biggest fashion brands and retailers based on their public disclosure of human rights and environmental policies, practices and impacts, in their operations and in their supply chains.


Following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, RIVERBLUE spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Brave Blue World explores the technologies and innovations that have the potential to solve the world’s water crisis. The film highlights scientific and technological advancements that have been taking place to ensure the world’s population has access to clean water and safe sanitation services and the environment is protected.

Women's Agency for Water Innovation

A project by BSR with a stated mission of helping to unlock the full potential of women working in global supply chains through workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality.

Ulula connects stakeholders in the textile industry to create safer, more transparent workplaces and supply chains. It uses an app to collect anonymous feedback from workers about their jobs and shares this information with managers, giving all employees the opportunity to make their voices heard.

The Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) offers trainings, webinars, and resources about the textile industry including ones themed around sustainability, water stewardship, and the policy landscape of the sector.

Water Stewardship & Climate Resilience - Community, Facility, Enterprise

The Aqueduct Alliance brings together leading companies, governments and foundations, to gain strategic guidance and industry insight from the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas team and water stewardship activities. It serves as a space for members to engage WRI, stay at the forefront of thought leadership in water stewardship, and drive innovation.

An Alliance for Water Stewardship Certification demonstrates that a site has successfully completed each of the steps in the AWS Standard. Achieving AWS certification brings demonstrable benefits in regards to relationships with customers, increased investor confidence, strengthened social license to operate, brand perception, and dialogue with regulators and policy makers.

This publication, five years on from WWF’s 2013 Water Stewardship Brief, is targeted at those who have been on this journey together. It reviews where we’ve come from, what we, as WWF, have learned and where we collectively need to head next.

A brief booklet that serves as a guide to the concept of water stewardship and its use as a mitigator of risks that can come with poor management of water resources.

A tool designed by WWF to help users develop a better understanding of the different types of water risks and how to address them through a stewardship approach.

A guide focusing on integrating the external water context in which a corporation and its value chain operates into its water strategy, and in turn, ensuring that its water strategy supports its corporate strategy.

WWF’s Contextual Target setting is a framework designed to help companies establish more strategic and contextually appropriate corporate water targets.

This model – which includes using less water energy and fewer chemicals in production, and reducing the amount of solid wastes – reduces production costs while also reducing the impact of production processes on water resources. In many applications, investment costs are recuperated in under a year.

A guide to WWF’s efforts in collective action to address water stewardship issues related to the textiles industry.

Tools for Women-led Water Sustainable Ventures

IFC-led Advisory Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) is a holistic program that supports the entire textile value chain in adopting cleaner production practices and engages with brands, technology suppliers, industrial associations, financial institutions, and the government to bring about systemic and positive environmental change for the Bangladesh textile sector.

Fashion Takes Action (FTA) is a non-profit established to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness, research, and collaboration. This is achieved through various initiatives such as the WEAR Conference, the Sustainable Fashion Toolkit, and a youth education program, through various research projects related to circularity in fashion, and through meet-ups, speaking engagements, and global awareness campaigns.

ITC SheTrades allows people to buy and sell products, network with one another, learn through trainings and webinars, and participate in business activities like workshops and trade fairs.

WEConnect International connects buyers to women sellers based outside the US, giving both consumers and producers support and information to help them have beneficial transactions.

Citizen Action Information/Customer Action Tools

Fashion Revolution’s Fashion Transparency Index is a yearly review of 250 top brands in the fashion industry and how transparent they are about their sustainability and value chains.

An article on The Good Trade that examines “slow fashion” a form of consumption that encourages buyers to purchase goods thoughtfully and with intent to use them for a lifetime.

An informational packet from Fashion Revolution Week 2020 that educates consumers on the issues in the fashion industry and the ways that they can get involved in addressing them.

Drip by Drip is a non-for-profit organisation that is working to find, develop, and spread solutions for the water issues caused by the textile industry, engaging with consumers and professionals to spark change.

Provenance is a site where consumers can inform themselves about the origin, journey and  impacts of products with the mission of changing consumer behavior towards brands making a positive impact on people and the planet.

A site launched by the Laudes Foundation to demystify transparency largely for brands and retailers, but accessible to all concerned citizens. Transparency in Action focuses on transparency in sourcing and production locations, transparency in factory working and environmental conditions, and transparency in purchasing practices

Online Magazines/Newsletters

An online magazine dedicated to promoting sustainability, slow living, and self-love. Includes sections covering fashion, beauty, culture, and self.

A newsletter from CEO Water Mandate that provides readers with the latest water stewardship news, resources, articles, and more.

Ecotextile News magazine is the environmental magazine for the global textile and clothing supply chain and is published six times per year as a magazine delivered direct to your door or available in electronic format only. It is published by MCL News & Media and is read by the world’s leading clothing brands and retailers and the most forward-thinking textile manufacturers and industry innovators.


The Wardrobe Crisis is a sustainable fashion podcast driven by a passion for communication, learning, and sharing knowledge and stories. It stands for a fairer, greener, cleaner fashion future that respects people and planet and recognises the power of dialogue, listening and learning.


Good On You is a leading source of fashion brand ratings, using data and expert analysis to produce easy-to-understand scores for brands on the ethics and sustainability of their business models.

Solutions in Action or in Progress

The Slow Fashion Movement is sponsoring an initiative that encourages people to take a “fashion detox,” buying nothing new between July and September.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition helps to bring together actors from across the industry to unite around a shared goal of improving sustainability in fashion.

The Higg Index is a suite of tools for the standardized measurement of the social and environmental performance of the value chain and the environmental impacts of products in the apparel and footwear industries.

Avery Dennison is partnering with Certilogo, the digital authentication platform. The partnership will focus on integrating Certilogo’s digital technologies into Avery Dennison’s apparel labeling products, allowing consumers to verify product authenticity via their smartphones, thus unlocking personal experiences with brands. The technology  assesses authenticity by asking the consumer a series of questions that will lead to either an “authentic” or “fake” result.

Italian, direct-to-consumer, sustainable apparel brand PANGAIA has partnered with connected products innovator EON to create ‘digital passports’ for its products — to enable greater transparency, traceability and circularity in the fashion industry and inspire responsible consumer choices.

Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit. With a robust membership representing leading brands, retailers, and suppliers, Textile Exchange is positively impacting the climate through accelerating the use of preferred materials across the global textile industry.

The ROSI methodology estimates the value of tangible and intangible benefits that apparel companies can accrue by making strategic investments in more sustainable business practices. The Stern Center engaged companies in the project, and conducted both primary and secondary research leveraging industry experts, company contacts, and academic literature to inform its framework.

Created by the Apparel Impact Institute, Clean by Design (CbD) is an approach to green supply chain efficiency which brings together multinational apparel retailers and fashion brands to improve upon environmental impacts in their factories across the globe.

The CEO Water Mandate is a commitment platform for business leaders and learners to advance water stewardship. Endorsing companies commit to action across six key elements and report annually on progress. In implementing water stewardship, endorsing companies also identify and reduce critical water risks to their businesses, seize water-related opportunities, and contribute to water security and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This article examines the role that data is playing in the transition many companies are making toward greater sustainability. There is a lack of standardized reporting systems for critical data about companies’ performance and this makes it difficult for investors and consumers to inform their decisions. However, there is an ongoing movement towards simplification and standardization of systems which could bring about change.

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