“It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land,” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published early this month carries this key excerpt. António Guterres, the Secretary General of United Nations called the findings a “code red for humanity”. This was followed by an ABC News report that highlighted how the environmental disaster is fuelled by fast fashion.
While the findings are grim as the planet keeps warming faster, there are startups like The Next Closet bringing about a profound change in how we go about business. At the helm of The Next Closet, co-founder Lieke Pijpers calls the startup a green tech company that puts sustainability at the centre of everything it does. She says the textile industry is the second most polluting in the world. With co-founder Thalita van Ogtrop, Lieke and The Next Closet want to turn the fashion industry into a sustainable business.