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7 November 2013

Fashion's Wild Side: Sourcing wool & leather with conservation in mind

Contributor Xenya Cherny-Scanlon

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SOURCE Contributor Xenya Cherny-Scanlon takes a look at the wild side of the fashion industry, asking whether it is possible to source fine wools and exotic leathers with wildlife conservation in mind. Image: SOURCE Award 2012 finalist, Heidi Mottram

Rising global demand for cheap cashmere has wreaked havoc across Asia’s fragile environments, but there are several initiatives underway to produce ‘green’ and ‘wildlife friendly’ cashmere.

In the wake of controversy surrounding $1 billion-a-year python trade, several fashion brands have put in place voluntary bans on the use of this exotic leather and are engaging in efforts to ensure its future sustainability.

Meanwhile, SOURCE Contributor Xenya Cherny-Scanlon takes a look at how other available options for sustainable leather can be explored.

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