Japan follows hot on the heels of Stella McCartney on the sustainability catwalk today.

We reported yesterday that Stella is working on a variety of projects designed to grow an eco-friendly fashion industry.

And on a visit to Japan this week United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed praised an ethical fashion exhibition Fashion as Action: Supporting Sustainable Society Through Clothes which encourages people to think about the clothes they buy and how they dispose of them – in a bid to build a grassroots movement for sustainable fashion.

During her trip she also hailed the country’s overall efforts in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Throughout my visit, I have been impressed to see how much the SDGs are embraced enthusiastically in Japan by the business community represented by Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), civil society, media, and young students,” said Ms Mohammed said.