A new study has revealed that a number of huge fashion brands are instrumental in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest due to their connections to companies that are involved in the production of leather goods.
The raising of cattle for beef and leather is the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
Over 50 brands have numerous supply-chain links to JBS which is the largest Brazilian leather exporter, that is associated with Amazon deforestation.
Although JBS have said they would strive to achieve zero deforestation across its global chain by 2035, this has been deemed by environmental groups as inadequate.
The report which was released on Monday studied almost 500,000 rows of customs data and concluded that brands including Adidas, Nike, UGG, H&M, Zara and Fendi have numerous links to an industry that supports the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.
“If you’re wearing leather shoes, a leather belt or carrying a leather handbag, it’s highly likely that it was made from cowhide that contributed to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest,” Sow Factory stated in regards to the study.
This study backs what is already transparently clear in the ever-increasingly decimation of the Amazon rainforest known as the “lungs of the world.”
Brazil’s space agency has recently stated that the forest was facing its highest deforestation levels in 15 years, this being encouraged by the policies of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.
This is a growing and concerning issue for the global climate.
A 2020 study established that the rainforest now emits one billion more tons of carbon dioxide than it absorbs.
A chilling warning for the future of the world.