Stella McCartney has been one of the industry’s most vocal designers when it comes to animal rights, animal cruelty and sustainable fashion. Currently, she’s one of the only luxury brands that refuses to use leather, fur or animal skin in her collections—instead operating a fully vegetarian line.
Last night, the designer talked sustainability at the London College of Fashion and when it came time to discuss the industry itself, she didn’t hold back. According to THR, while on the panel, McCartney said: “Fashion really is getting away with murder. There needs to be more systems in place, more vigorous testing, and as a customer you can do that, you can challenge the people who are making your fashion.”
As for how consumers can start doing their part in making fashion more sustainable?
“Be mindful of your consumption. I think the one thing we’ve forgotten is that we make the choices. I think it’s really important to know what you’re consuming, to ask questions, to reduce your meat intake, to look at how you’re living your life and how that has an impact on the environment. Ask questions, ask big corporations why they are using materials like PVC, and why did that watch cost three pounds, what the hell happened from A to Z there?”