Few of us can fully comprehend the passion, effort and dedication it takes to become a high-end fashion designer or runway model or to orchestrate a Fashion Week event like those held annually in New York, Toronto, Vancouver and around the globe. While it is rare for high fashion to trickle down to the everyday consumer, most Canadians have a closet full of clothes, jewellery and makeup.
One survey estimated that Canadians spent “$1.4 billion on prestige beauty products” in 2014, and according to Statistics Canada, Canadians spent over $3,500 per person on clothing and accessories that same year.
Clothing supply chains are long and complex, so the raw materials used to make and colour the fabric and the machinery used to cut and assemble garments are often forgotten. Raw materials, such as natural clays or therapeutic salts, are used in makeup occasionally as marketing features but are often hidden in a lengthy list of ingredients.
The Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan Secretariat peered behind the scenes to identify just a few of the minerals and metals that are essential in the fashion industry. READ MORE