Man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCFs) like viscose, rayon and modal are becoming popular textile alternatives to petroleum-derived fabrics like polyester. MMCFs are made from the cellulose found in plant cells, frequently from trees. They are renewable, often recyclable and biodegradable.
That’s the good news. Unfortunately over 50% of MMCFs are sourced from uncertified forests, including valuable ancient and endangered areas, leaving them vulnerable to deforestation and illegal logging.
Sustainable Forest Management
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) promote the responsible management of the world’s forests, and you’ll see their labels on products from clothes to toilet rolls and milk cartons. Sustainable forest management ensures there is no net loss of forest over time although the trees are harvested. It also protects biodiversity and the rights of indigenous people, whilst providing a safe environment for workers.
Fashion’s Responsibility for Forests
With the dramatic increase in demand for wood from the fashion industry, sustainable forest management is becoming increasingly important. The Fashion Forever Green Pact founded by the FSC is an urgent call for the fashion industry to take immediate action to ensure responsible sourcing on behalf of the world’s forests.
The Pact aims to ensure brands are proactive in supporting responsible forestry, manufacturers realise their essential role in maintaining supply chain integrity and consumers are enabled to shop responsibly by purchasing FSC labelled products.
Responsibly Sourced MMCFs in Store
The new Spring/Summer collection from Bobo Choses now available in store features Lyocell and viscose from sustainable tree farms, as well as GOTS Certified organic cotton and linen.