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August 21, 2019


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What is Sustainable Fashion? Be Educated
 
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What is Sustainable Fashion? - Sustainable Fashion, also called eco-fashion and ethical fashion, involves the design and manufacturing of clothing, home furnishings and other textile products in a sustainable manner that takes into account any environmental and socio-economic impacts. The goal is a system that protects the environment, causing minimal to no harm, and promotes social responsibility and ethical treatment of workers.

Sustainable Fashion involves all stages of the product's life cycle from design; selection & production of raw materials; manufacturing;

dyeing/finishing; sewing/assembling; packaging/storing and transportation, and disposal. It may include the use of recycled materials and components; reuse of wastage; and, the careful use of natural resources, such as water, land, soil, plants and animals. From a socio-economic perspective, there is a responsibility to maintain ethical working conditions for workers in the field, the factory and the office, including complying with best practice methods and applicable codes of conduct.

The consumer also has responsibilities: to stay educated and maintain awareness of sustainability issues when making purchases; avoid short-term fads that drive fast fashion; properly caring for and repairing clothing to extend its life; and, recycling, repurposing and donating old garments. You can also let companies and manufacturers know that stainability is important to you, and join organizations that promote sustainability.


SPECIAL FEATURES:

ECO-GLOSSARY
Learn terms, such as fast fashion, transparency, upcycling...

PRODUCT EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
Recent & ongoing university research programs involving sustainability & new fabrics & textile products.

FABRICLINK NETWORK TOP 10 TEXTILE INNOVATION AWARDS - These awards recognize technical advancements & innovations that improves or advance finished product applications/performance.

Innovation Awards 2018 - 2019

Innovation Awards 2017 - 2018

Innovation Awards 2016 - 2017

RECENT TRADE SHOW REVIEWS OF NEW PRODUCTS

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019 - In a Word - Sustainability

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2019 - Fibers that Strengthen, Cool and Protect the Environment

Outdoor Retailer Snow Show 2018 - Sustainability and the Snow Sports Market

Outdoor Retailer Summer Show 2018 - Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry

NEWS & VIEWS
Keep updated on new products, trends & other sustainable topics.

 

ECO-VIDEO VAULT

COMPANY/PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY STORIES
See & hear what they are doing to improve sustainability.

OVERVIEW OF SUSTAINABILITY OF TEXTILES
Be educated about the problems & solutions.

CERTIFICATIONS
Learn about popular Eco-Certifications & Standards for textiles.

GET INSPIRED & WRITE YOUR OWN SUSTAINABILITY STORY
Do your part: stay educated and aware of sustainability issues when making purchases; avoid short-term fads that drive fast fashion; properly care for and repair clothing to extend its life; repurpose and donate old garments. You can also join organizations that promote sustainability & environmental protection.

How to be a Smart Shopper - Be educated; read labels, know who's making your clothes & what they're made of; avoid buying clothes you may only wear a couple of times.

10 Tips to Make Your Clothes Last Longer - Learn: What to look for in well-made clothes; How to sort, wash & dry items, Remove stains; and, hang & store clothes.

Why Washing Less is More Sustainable - Looking at the full life cycle of a piece of clothing, it's washing and drying that damages our natural environment the most.

25 Environmental Organizations & Agencies
Get involved and sign up with one of the active notable environmental organizations currently working for green causes, including wildlife preservation, land conservation and climate change prevention.

Ethical Organizations - to sustain the environment and support social responsibility

NEWS & VIEWS
Fast fashion: Should we change how we think about clothes? We love a bargain outfit - we buy fast, buy cheap and too often wear things once and then throw them out. Here's what sustainable fashion experts say we can we do to reduce the harmful effects of our shopping habits. Read more… TUM INITIATES "GREEN CARBON" PROJECT The project titled “Green Carbon” aims to develop manufacturing processes for polymers and carbon-based light-weight construction materials based on algae. Read more…
Stella McCartney just made a strong case for not washing your clothes Sustainable high-end fashion royalty Stella McCartney has shared her “rule of thumb” when it comes to washing clothes, and it’s a lesson for us all. Read more… Seafood shells for better plastic, packaging and textiles Shells of crustaceans contain chitin, a material that has many of plastic’s desirable properties, but it can take weeks or months to biodegrade, rather than hundreds of years. Read more…
The real price of buying cheap clothes Globalization means things can be produced in far-off lands at low cost, meaning more choice and lower prices. But what of the environmental cost of our shopping habits? The relationship between shopper and fashion industry may have become dysfunctional. Read more… Is Fashion Actually A Form Of Pollution? Nearly 60 percent of all clothing is discarded within a year of being made. Read more…
Karen Walker Is Launching a Line of “Cool, Nonchalant, and Real” Wedding Dresses Imagine that your favorite designer—the one whose clothes you reach for every day, whose dresses and pants always magically fit - could also design your wedding dress. Read more… How and Why I Travel the World With Only a Tumi Backpack I often end up filling it to the gills and bringing it on trips solo, packed full of cameras, my laptop, clothes and sometimes even a second set of footwear. Read more…
20 Ethical Clothing Brands that Don’t Compromise on Style You may have heard of slow food and slow travel, but have you heard of slow fashion? Basically, ethical clothing is the opposite of fast fashion, and aims to counteract manufacturing issues. Read more… more than half of british and american consumers want a more sustainable fashion industry As brands from Wrangler to Chanel have begun investing in sustainable production, is the fashion industry finally making progress? Read more…
 
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