PARIS- The chief executives of seven top clothing companies, including Hennes & Mauritz Gap and Adidas, are calling on governments to agree a strong climate change deal, saying they fear global warming will drive up their costs. Almost 200 nations are meeting in Paris until Dec. 11, trying to work out a deal to limit a rise in temperatures blamed on increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. “We come together to acknowledge that climate change is harming the world in which we operate,” read the joint declaration, also signed by heads of Levi Strauss, Timberland-owner VF Corp, Eileen Fisher and Burton Snowboards.–Reuters

“Climate change mitigation and technological innovation are vital to the health and well-being of those who make and use our products, as well as to the future supply of materials needed to make those materials,” they added. The seven companies are among the world’s top users of cotton and the executives said they were concerned climate warming could drive up costs by harming cotton production. Faced with criticism the fashion industry helps fuel a wasteful throwaway culture, companies such as H&M and Adidas have been trying to improve their environmental credentials by launching products made from recycled materials.