New Vogue magazine features no photos to improve carbon footprint

Italian Vogue, the most prestigious fashion magazine in the world, announced that to reduce its carbon footprint, the January issue would not contain any photos.

The Italian Vogue magazine is published monthly and contains hundreds of photo campaigns that are often taken in different locations around the world.

This month the magazine has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing the energy spent taking photos, instead the magazines will be illustrated by several different Italian artists.

Describing what goes into the production of each monthly issue of Vogue, Emanuele Farneti, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, said: “One hundred and fifty people involved. Twenty flights and ten train journeys.

“Lights on for at least ten hours non-stop, partly powered by gasoline generators.

“Food waste from catering services. Plastic for wrapping clothes. Electricity to charge phones and cameras.

Illustrating the campaigns in the January magazine, Italian Vogue said it was trying to emphasize that art and fashion imagery can be created without major environmental costs.

Vogue also announced that it will change its packaging to 100% compostable plastic packaging in the coming year.

Mr Farneti said: ‘Scholarly honesty is so important, it means admitting that there is a significant environmental impact associated with publishing our magazines.’

The fashion industry has come under intense scrutiny in recent years for its impact on the environment.

In November 2019, Environmental Journal got in touch with Nicholas Robin, curator of Green Friday, a street organization that protests against fast fashion.

In the interview, Mr Robin said: “Fast fashion has accelerated our consumer behavior with several collections per year, often at extremely low prices.

“But these cheap clothes come at a huge social and environmental price.

“Over the past decades, we have seen many of our biggest brands outsource production to countries with low wages, poor union rights and poor working conditions.

“Growing cotton uses a lot of land and a lot of water, and synthetic materials contribute to water pollution.

“Then, at the end of their life, a lot of those clothes end up in the trash.”

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Amanda P. Whitten