The textile industry is by some estimates the world's second most polluting sector, behind oil.
Some main fashion labels - together with H&M and the firm behind Lee, Vans, Timberland and The North Face - try to vary that.
However they are saying a serious problem is the push for change is pushed by firms fairly than customers or regulators which means training about the significance of sustainable fashion is an enormous a part of the job.
"We wish to make fashion sustainable and sustainability modern," H&M Group's Vanessa Rothschild instructed a facet occasion at the UN local weather convention in Bonn.
Elin Larsson, from Swedish model Filippa Okay, says they're slowly seeing a transfer to values-primarily based consumption with clients beginning to query the place their clothes come from.
Power effectivity and the use of renewable vitality is a part of the shift, however many firms are additionally eager to supply extra sustainable materials and encourage higher agricultural practices.
At the second, the course of to make 1kg of cotton cloth makes use of 3000L of water and 1kg of chemical substances and produces 16kg of carbon dioxide emissions and zero.5kg of different waste.
American firm VF Worldwide - the company behind 25 massive manufacturers - buys about one per cent of the world's cotton.
Due to this, agriculture is amongst the central planks of its inexperienced agenda with a few of its manufacturers like Timberland trying to make use of solely sustainably farmed cotton by 2020.
VF and H&M are additionally investing in innovation; their sustainability administrators discovered throughout the panel dialogue that each had been trying into new expertise that both creates materials from carbon dioxide emissions or sucks CO2 out of the air.
"Are you able to imagine that we're capable of truly make merchandise out of CO2 emissions? It's totally thrilling!" VF's Anna Maria Rugarli mentioned.
One other of the audio system, Enrica Enviornment, has a begin-up which has invented a approach to flip orange peels and pith from juice factories into cloth.
Their first shopper was Salvatore Ferragamo and she or he says not per week goes by with out one other massive model in their merchandise.
However the firms acknowledge that at the second, performing responsibly and sustainably is costly.
"So as to create the change we wish to see, it must be dearer to make the dangerous selections as a result of that is not the case at this time," Ms Larsson mentioned.
"We want the assist from politicians ... as a result of we can't depend on frontrunners for sustainability in enterprise or voluntary actions to create the change."
Ms Enviornment mentioned it was all very effectively to have a greater course of or the most sustainable product but when it was 20 occasions dearer nobody would purchase it.
Alexander Meyer zum Felde, a sustainability professional with Boston Consulting Group, says the industry is starting to maneuver in the proper path however extra must be completed.
He additionally warns that fashion is a probable goal of digital disruption, following main modifications to the vitality, automotive and chemical industries.
"Fashion will probably be disrupted as effectively quickly by these firms ... who actually mix social, environmental and moral phrases into their operations to supply items that do not solely promote for revenue however are good for the planet," he mentioned.