Sustainability in the Evolving Digital Fashion Industry

Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

Are you planning to create digital versions of your incredible designs? if not, you have to do it at this moment. The digitization of fashion has become a necessity to excel in both opposites yet similar worlds- real and virtual. Before we take a look at the needs of the physical world, skim your eyes through the below phenomenal figures of a digital fashion campaign by VSLB. 

Our studio created stunning digital versions of the collections, designed by top designers of the luxury brand. Ralph and Russo. The result of our collaboration is as follows:

  • Media Impact Value of 65.1 Million US dollars
  • A total of 19.4 Million audiences viewed the campaign
  • 490000 page views and 202000 unique visitors

These are the results of one campaign which truly speaks about the power of digital clothes in the modern era. Not only from the financial perspective, but digital garbs also benefit your brand in terms of sustainability as well.

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The Current Gravity of the Fashion Industry

Sustainability in the Fashion industry is of everyone’s interest right now. With global warming becoming worse each year, climate scientists and activists are concerned about the safety of the planet.  As the world’s second-largest polluting industry, the Fashion industry has accrued more responsibility than any other in implementing green efforts.

It all starts from the raw materials required to create tangible garments. It takes an enormous amount of water to create one t-shirt and many pesticides to grow cotton for clothing. Water bodies like oceans receive tons of microplastics every year due to the washing of clothes. Then after the end of usage, they end up in landfills every year. At every step of the fashion industry, pollution occurs leading to a grave situation.

There are many ways in which high-end fashion brands like yours can imbue green living into their culture. Some of them include recycling, using organic fibers, and neutralization of carbon and water footprints. But fashion enthusiasts and critics are interested in emerging digital trends in the sector and their sustainable potential.

Evolving Topography of the Fashion Industry

Digital Fashion

One of the major changes that took in the traditional fashion industry is digital clothing. Digital garbs are created using advanced technologies like 3D on computers. Unlike tangible garments, digital garbs do not exist in real life and they exist only in virtual forms.

The rise of AR apps like Snapchat boosted the growth of digital fashion where users can overlap their pictures with virtual dresses. The unexpected pandemic & social distancing norms further increased the craze for virtual garments among consumers.

Ralph and Russo Digital Fashion

Due to digitalization, Fashion industry now boasts Digital clothing, that can be traded as NFTs and can be sold in Metaverses.

NFTs

Major luxury fashion brands took virtual fashion to the next level – NFTs. A new form of cryptocurrency, NFTs are non-fungible tokens that can be anything digital – image, video, GIF, music, etc. Once minted as NFTs, no similar token can replace these unique digital outfits.

Ethereum blockchain permanently records every transaction involved in virtual wear. Users can view these transactions from nodes in the network. This helps high-end brands fight counterfeits and attract younger audiences.

Metaverse

Another emerging trend in the fashion industry is Metaverse. As an online universe, it opens an entirely new market segment for fashion brands and helps them promote uniquely. Largely driven by Gen Z, metaverses run similar to the real world. Users can shop, rest, and travel around in these virtual spaces. Luxury brands can set up their virtual stores.

The social environment will be simulated virtually, where users can meet others and converse, all from the comfort of their living rooms. They can personalize their avatars using items sold by brands and express themselves beyond reality. Brands wanting to increase their consumer domain have to establish their presence in the metaverse.

As digital assets gain prominence, metaverse seems to be a crucial touchpoint for consumers to buy them. Top luxury brands like Gucci have already created their own personalized online worlds.

Sustainability in the Fashion Realm

As digital clothing and NFTs gain popularity, the main question still hangs in the air. The sustainability of these trends and consequently the extent to which they may replace traditional garments.

In the case of digital fashion, 3D software creates everything. Buyers can superimpose 3D garments on their pictures and upload them on any social platform. The main advantages of these clothes are that they compensate for fast fashion in some ways and also help fashion brands tap into the new domain of consumers- Gen Z.

Ralph & Russo Fashion Industry

While the emerging new trends aren’t a replacement to traditionally clothing, nevertheless the preference is increasing due to their minimum environmental impact.

Savings involved in Digital Clothes & Metaverse

According to the famous digital-only retailer, DressX, the production of a digital garment emits 97% less carbon dioxide than its physical counterparts and saves 3300 liters of water per item on average. Although these cannot completely replace traditional clothing, it seems the best innovative way to quench the shopping desires of consumers while supporting sustainability.

Also,your brand can sell digital clothing items in metaverses, the next successor of the internet. To create an online universe developers need 3D software and hardware. In comparison with the creation of digital garbs, metaverse creation may lead to a significant carbon footprint.

Environmental Cost of NFTs

Digital fashion assets are also traded as NFTs. While many are basking in the rise of these tokens, environmentalists are worried about enormous energy consumption to mine them. One energy transaction on the Ethereum blockchain consumes power equivalent to 48.14 kilowatt-hours of energy. This is a troubling concern, keeping in mind the evaporation of fossil fuels and the unavailability of efficient renewable energy.

While there are obvious advantages of digital collectibles over tangible items, one cannot ignore the footprints involved in them. Instead of blocking these innovative trends, fashion brands can take up more sustainable methods like 3D renderings and the use of renewable energies. This way the sustainability in the fashion industry can be achieved to some extent.

3D: A Promising Solution for Sustainability in the Fashion Industry

If one looks closely, 3D lies at the heart of each of these emerging trends. While some argue that they are not fully carbon-neutral, many are looking on the brighter side of these trends. They satisfy two of the key stakeholders of the fashion world, the customers and the planet to some extent. If you’re looking to venture into digital fashion and improve your sustainability scores, contact us now.

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